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Covetous Prayers
« on: September 24, 2018, 11:58:12 am »
Is anyone up for a discussion about prayers?  Some of you know that I was called by God over 12 years ago to study full time Biblical Love.  One of those studies was about how to pray a prayer of Love.  It was an interesting study to say the least but what struck me is what I call covetous prayers.  James 4:3 says....When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures.

So the question I want to present is, do we pray covetous prayers and if so how can we correct this so that our prayers have the power of God behind them?
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Re: covetous prayers
« Reply #1 on: September 24, 2018, 12:16:32 pm »
Is anyone up for a discussion about prayers?  Some of you know that I was called by God over 12 years ago to study full time Biblical Love.  One of those studies was about how to pray a prayer of Love.  It was an interesting study to say the least but what struck me is what I call covetous prayers.  James 4:3 says....When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures.

So the question I want to present is, do we pray covetous prayers and if so how can we correct this so that our prayers have the power of God behind them?
Great topic Lori. I prayed in times of trouble only and when I wanted or needed something and never really speaking with God. At some point, probably when I renewed my faith in about 2010, I began praying for wisdom and for other people and situations I would come across. I took the selfishness out of my prayers and finally talked with God as a Father and a friend. I never prayed for comfort or things of this world and my prayers have been answered over time since then.

So I agree with the thread title because we covet things of this world and many prayers are selfish and covetous in nature, sometimes without us being fully aware of what we are praying for.
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Re: covetous prayers
« Reply #2 on: September 24, 2018, 12:29:11 pm »
this too is what I have come to understand.  We can know what God wants for us, it's in the Bible.  So why when we pray do we so often simply speak of the things we want rather than the things God wants.

One example I gave not long ago is how all the miracles in Jesus ministry were for the purpose of revelation.  So why when we pray for healing do we fail to pray for revelation of God's purpose and will in relation to that?  Another example I recently spoke about was a brother friend who was struggling with something, so we prayed that the situation would be as God wanted it and that the man would have peace.  Sure enough, the God of peace worked out the situation and gave the man peace.

I don't think it is wrong to pray for and about what we want but I also think that a prayer of Love includes with it the growing and maturing and wonders of what God Himself says He wants for us.
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Re: covetous prayers
« Reply #3 on: September 27, 2018, 01:07:09 am »
Plug In & ReCharge Your Spiritual Battery


God is waiting on us to seek after Him daily in prayer and Bible meditations. Through the Holy Spirit we can be comforted by His presence in our lives. Seeking after God leads to a blessed life with peace and joy no matter the situation.

#1) Seek God and nothing else matters
“But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well” (Matthew 6:33).

#2) Seek God and you will find Him
“But if from there you seek the Lord your God, you will find him if you seek him with all your heart and with all your soul” (Deuteronomy 4:29).

#3) Seek God regardless of your life situation
“But Hezekiah prayed for them, saying, ‘May the Lord, who is good, pardon everyone  who sets their heart on seeking God—the Lord, the God of their ancestors—even if they are not clean according to the rules of the sanctuary’ And the Lord heard Hezekiah and healed the people” (2 Chronicles 30:18-20).

#4) Seek God because He’s looking for you
“The Lord looks down from heaven on all mankind to see if there are any who understand, any who seek God” (Psalm 14:2).

#5) Seek God with all your being
“You, God, are my God, earnestly I seek you; I thirst for you, my whole being longs for you, in a dry and parched land where there is no water” (Psalm 63:1).

#6) Seek God before He has to get your attention
“Whenever God slew them, they would seek him; they eagerly turned to him again” (Psalm 78:34).

#7) Seek God because He has arranged for you to do so
“God did this so that they would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from any one of us. ‘For in him we live and move and have our being.’ As some of your own poets have said, ‘We are his offspring.’” (Acts 17:27-28).

#8) Seek God even when you don’t feel like it
“There is no one righteous, not even one; there is no one who understands; there is no one who seeks God. (Romans 3:10-11)

#9) Seek God because He rewards you for it
And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him. (Hebrews 11:6)

#10) Seek God so you will know what to do
But Jehoshaphat also said to the king of Israel, “First seek the counsel of the Lord.” (1 Kings 22:5)


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Re: Covetous Prayers
« Reply #4 on: September 28, 2018, 07:36:26 am »
Is anyone up for a discussion about prayers?  Some of you know that I was called by God over 12 years ago to study full time Biblical Love.  One of those studies was about how to pray a prayer of Love.  It was an interesting study to say the least but what struck me is what I call covetous prayers.  James 4:3 says....When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures.

So the question I want to present is, do we pray covetous prayers and if so how can we correct this so that our prayers have the power of God behind them?

Realizing that I only prayed for covetous nonsense for most of my life is part of the reason I left Christianity. I almost always got what I asked for, but I felt no gratitude and I tried making empty deals with God. I was totally ungrateful in my prayers and the praise I gave to God was insincere. I didn’t like that about myself. I came back the day that I realized that I could genuinely praise God, no matter the outcome of a situation, that I could be ever grateful, no matter if I understood the situation or not.
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Re: Covetous Prayers
« Reply #5 on: September 28, 2018, 08:02:33 am »
I see people all the time that pray covetous prayers then get upset with God for not "answering their prayers"  seems to me that He answered by saying that "I am not happy that you only bring me covetous prayers when what I ask for is your heart".

I think if we could get a glimpse of who God really is, we wouldn't be able to do anything but live in a constant state of recognizing Him and wanting to be in His presence.
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Re: Covetous Prayers
« Reply #6 on: March 17, 2020, 07:34:57 pm »
I see people all the time that pray covetous prayers then get upset with God for not "answering their prayers"  seems to me that He answered by saying that "I am not happy that you only bring me covetous prayers when what I ask for is your heart".

I think if we could get a glimpse of who God really is, we wouldn't be able to do anything but live in a constant state of recognizing Him and wanting to be in His presence.
So true, Lori.
Hearing, believing and trusting the finished work of Jesus Christ on the cross; His death, burial and resurrection for the forgiveness of sins and REPENTING, seals us with that Holy Spirit of Promise - EPHESIANS 1:10-14 KJV - The Lord is not slack concerning His promise. 2 Peter 3:9 KJV - 1 Corinthians 15:1-4 KJV - Ephesians 1:10-14 KJV - Romans 10:9-10 KJV - Romans 10:13 - Romans 10:17 - Ephesians 1:7 KJV - Colossians 1:14 KJV -


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Re: Covetous Prayers
« Reply #7 on: October 02, 2020, 11:53:02 am »
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Hearing, believing and trusting the finished work of Jesus Christ on the cross; His death, burial and resurrection for the forgiveness of sins and REPENTING, seals us with that Holy Spirit of Promise - EPHESIANS 1:10-14 KJV - The Lord is not slack concerning His promise. 2 Peter 3:9 KJV - 1 Corinthians 15:1-4 KJV - Ephesians 1:10-14 KJV - Romans 10:9-10 KJV - Romans 10:13 - Romans 10:17 - Ephesians 1:7 KJV - Colossians 1:14 KJV -


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