When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures. James 4:3 NIV
Two brothers were set on entering an international rowing race. They set themselves to finding the sponsorship money that would be needed to acquire the special boat and pay the entrance fee. They worked and dreamt night and day. But for all their asking, they could not seem to raise even a tenth of what was needed. Even the boat they originally thought they would be able to rent was taken away from them when the owners saw how little success the fundraising campaign was going. It looked like there was no way in the world that the boys would ever get to race across the Atlantic. Has God ever withheld something from us because our motives were not completely bowed to Him?
Against all odds, God finally did step in and help the boys. When there was no other way but to purify their motives and place the outcome in His hands, things began to happen. The boys never did have the money, but they did get a boat and crossed the sea. Our world would be a different place if we brought everything to God. If we truly placed our motives into His hands and were willing to accept His Way instead of ours, we would see miracles too! God has plans for each of us that surpass even our own dreams. What He is looking for, is for us to come to Him. When He becomes the Lord of all our goals and desires, then the miracles happen! What might God bless us with, if we came to Him today and asked Him not for what we want, but what He wants for us?
Teach us to ask not for what we may want, but that we come to know Your and Your better goals for us, we pray!