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Day 46: Motives Matter

“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)

If I were to transcribe my prayers, I believe I’d find they are mostly requests for God to do something. “Heal this person, provide for this family, take care of my daughters, provide resources for this church to make a difference in the lives of people.” Some of those requests are good, God-honoring prayers. And some of them are really selfish and self-centered. James, the half-brother of Jesus, tells believers that motives matter. Like a good pare