Motives are important!

Posted: August 13, 2010 in Uncategorized

Precious one,

There is a barrier that exists between God and us and thats is Self . Scriptures notifies it as one of the greatest hindrances in our walk with God. Although we receive new nature when we are born again, the new nature still resides in our old flesh and the old self is corrupted and sinful. When our prayers are selfishly motivated we ask God what we want than seeking His perfect will and that hinders God to move.

Several years being serving God, precious Holy Spirit has changed my lifestyle of prayer seeking God’s perfect will in smallest of things to the biggest. That’s what i feel is the spiritual discipline in our lives. I have come to a place where most of my prayer life is taken over by the worship and first enjoying the intimacy with God. Prayer is all about enjoying the intimacy with God and taking pleasure in His leading. There’s a place you and i will be led by the Spirit during such time of intimacy what i call is ‘blessed silence”. Our activities of flesh is put to absolute quiteness and we hear what God has to say in clarity. What grieves God is when we stop acknowledging His power over our weakness and trust in our efforts than His grace!

Many churches emphasize prayer as the key to freedom or favour than enjoying the intimacy with the father. That wrongly inspires people to pray and seek their own and pride begins to take its roots. When Paul and Silas were put in prison, they prayed and praised God. They were just enjoying the intimacy and out of it which came freedom from prison doors! Intimacy with God is the key to all success.

Scripture says in 1 Samuel 16:7: “God looks at the heart…not at the appearance”. This is one of the most dangerous scriptures in the bible. Let me tell you why, If a man prays for a house or a luxury living in order to show off or for the status purpose that motive before man may look good but before God is wrong. If a pastor asks God for a big church inorder to be a super star and not serve the needs of the people or work towards expanding God’s kingdom that motive closes the doors of heaven to shower grace over his life& ministry . If a worship leader seeks to be a celebrity ( personal glory) and not concerned about leading people to God’s presence , there he is running the race without the grace! Poor guy is up for a fall. In everything we do motive should be the first concern and works the second.

Prayer originates from the Holy Spirit. Its His prime activity. The scripture says , He comes to lift Jesus and make Him central in our lives. If our prayer life does not have a goal to lift Jesus but self , this kind of prayer is termed as “praying in the flesh”. Its all in vain. The power of the Spirit is absent. You are praying but all the attention is on you.

Prayer pattern:

Looking at Jesus’s prayer sequence of well know prayer in Mathew 6:9 “Our father, who is in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come and your will be done…”. The first set begins with worship( Our father- relationship) and then moves to seeking the will of God( our kingdom come , your will be done) and and then on to personal needs( Give us today our daily bread- forgive our sins-deliver us from temptation). That’s how the Holy Spirit leads. This is how Jesus told his disciples to pray like. He gave them the agenda(pattern) in prayer. Not to begin with us but to start with God.

Scan your motives: When you pray/serve/lead.

1) Would it bring glory to Him?

2) Would it advance His kingdom?

3) Would it help people?

4) Would it help me grow spiritually?

If you have been praying diligently about something and have sensed resistance from heaven , I challenge you to review your prayer. Ask the Lord to forgive you and lead you to His perfect will. The Holy Spirit only works inside God’s will not inside our will and plans. Are your plans falling in line with God’s perfect will? Then you have the Holy Spirit guiding you.

“This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us” (1 John 5:14)

Help me share this to your friends across the globe! Pass this site to as many.


Danston John

  1. Kevin martis says:

    Absolutely Spot On. What leads us to do what we do is just as important .

  2. Intimacy with God is the key to all success. ..Thanks for the reminder Bro. BRM

  3. Allan says:

    wow this is much needed message for the body of Christ God bless bro……..

  4. Achsah says:

    It really blessed me… and I pray dat it reaches out to many out…. God bless…

  5. elizabeth says:

    soo true!!! tankz fa ds daston…we need to constantly keep reminding ourselves!!

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