What causes fights and quarrels among you? Don’t they come from your desires that battle within you? You desire but do not have, so you kill. You covet but you cannot get what you want, so you quarrel and fight. You do not have because you do not ask God. When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures.
Today’s verse is not offered to accuse or condemn, but to press us all toward considering our motives when praying, seeking or asking of God. Desires battle within us all. Christians need to be aware of the battle that is constantly going on for their heart. Deception and other temptation is waiting just around the corner where you least expect it. Do not allow this evil to trick your heart or mind into wrong motives. When you seek God, consider your motives carefully and allow Him to reveal to you the wrong ones…so they can be made right.
Verse/Commentary courtesy of ‘Verse-A-Day’ android app.