This is the other side of asking in prayer. Why doesn’t God answer me? Because you are asking for what you want, or what He wants. This tempered the statement yesterday about asking whatever you wish in faith, and you will have it. As you can imagine many have taken that to heart and in the early church this was becoming a temptation to discouragement. James offers this correction to their thought and ours.
If you have found discouragement in prayer, may I offer this encouragement? Check your requests against God’s nature. Is this something God wants? Would God want me to have this? For if God doesn’t, who do we think we are to pray against the will of God?
Just a thought. God bless.