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October 4, 2015 / Samuel

妄求 [Ask Amiss]

书卷:雅各书(新约)
作者:雅各

雅各书4章3节:“你们求也得不着,是因为你们妄求,要浪费在你们的宴乐中。”

今日默想:凡我们所祈求的,必须合乎上帝的旨意,否则就不能得到什么。若要祷告有功效,便须按着祂的旨意祈求。“求”字的原文字义含有下对上祈愿的意思,所以我们必须存着谦卑、虔敬的存心和态度向上帝祈求,否则必不能蒙祂悦纳。凡我们所求的,若是超过我们的需要和度量的,就都是妄求。我们可有可无、随随便便的求,也是妄求。属灵的祷告乃是愿上帝的旨意得着成就。自私的祷告则是愿自己得偿所愿。上帝未尝留下一样好处,不给那些行动正直的人。所以我们要以清洁的存心向上帝祷告,就必蒙祂赐恩。

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Book: James (New Testament)
Author: James

James 4:3 :“You ask and do not receive, because you ask amiss, that you may spend it on your pleasures.”

Today’s Meditation: Anything we pray must fit the will of God. Otherwise, we will receive nothing. We need to pray according to the will of God if we want our prayers to be effective. ‘ask’ in the original Scripture has the meaning of the praying upwards. Thus, we need to be humble and pray to God with fear. Anything that we pray which exceeds our need and measurement is considered amiss. Anything we pray on random is considered amiss as well. A spiritual prayer is to pray that God’s will will be fulfilled, while a selfish prayer is to pray that we get what we want. God withholds no good thing from those who walk uprightly. Therefore, we need to pray to God with a pure heart so that He will bless us.

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