1.25.2016 – iPromise Devotion

This week’s iPromise Principle:  God is faithful when and where you are not.

Today’s iPromise Principle:  Prayer is not righteous because of the right words.  It is righteous because of a right spirit.

Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working. Elijah was a man with a nature like ours, and he prayed fervently that it might not rain, and for three years and six months it did not rain on the earth.  James 5:16-17

Elijah had a nature just like ours.  He was a sinner just like us.  God did not answer Elijah’s prayers because he earned it.  He answered his prayers because Elijah loved the Lord his God.

Righteous people pray righteous prayersElijah wanted the same things God wanted.  The power of his prayer did not cause God to agree with Elijah.  The power of Elijah’s prayer was that Elijah agreed with God.  His prayers were answerable.  A right spirit is the fuel of right prayers, not the right words.

Now, we know Elijah struggled.  We see him in one dark place in life asking God to take his life.  God did not answer that prayer as Elijah asked.  God restored Elijah.  God could not answer Elijah’s prayer.  It was unrighteous.  It was selfish.  It was short-sighted.  It was of the wrong spirit.

Today don’t try to get the words just right.  You do not need to build a fancy case to convince God to do your will.  It will not help.

Instead start with a spirit that says, “Your Kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in Heaven.”

Right prayers ask for right things because they come from a right spirit, trusting that if I asked for the wrong thing, I would rather what God gives than what I said.  God is faithful even when and where you are unfaithful.

God is faithful!

 

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