What causes fights and quarrels among you?
Don’t they come from your desires that battle within you?
You desire but do not have, so you kill.
You covet but you cannot get what you want, so you quarrel and fight.
You do not have because you do not ask God.
When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives,
that you may spend what you get on your pleasures.
Reading the passages above, I now understand why fights and quarrels are existing even within Christian organizations and among pastors and leaders in the church.
James candidly outlines what they are:
- You desire but do not have
- You covet
- You ask with wrong motives
Strife afflicts your organization?
Try to look around and know who’s causing all the troubles, then see.
Are they not the persons who desire but do not have, covetous, and having wrong motives?
It is very important that you also check yourself. You might be one of the persons causing the fight and quarrel.
I believe that in every request and aspiration that we have there is always that human element, that personal agenda. God knows your mind and heart. You can’t hide your motive from Him.
So it’s better to check and present whatever personal motive you may have before the Lord. Then pray for God to change your personal motive into one that would give glory and honor to Him.
Where does the power of prayer come from?
Based on what James mentioned, there is more to prayer than the spoken requests.
While the uttered words in prayer greatly comfort us, especially when we hear someone claim God’s promise of deliverance and providence, prayer goes beyond this.
It is the pilgrim’s contrite heart beating in repentance, humility and surrender that gives power to the prayer.