• Bishop Keith Butler

God Looks at the Heart

From whence come wars and fightings among you? come they not hence, even of your lusts that war in your members? Ye lust, and have not: ye kill, and desire to have, and cannot obtain: ye fight and war, yet ye have not, because ye ask not. Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts. (James 4:1-3)


Ye ask amiss means you ask badly. What makes the request bad? Selfishness. James told his readers that God didn’t have a problem with their requests, but their hearts.

No single person knows everything about anybody. You may see someone praying up a storm at a prayer meeting and label him as a "super saint." Another man may sit reverently, quietly agreeing with the intercessions and supplications being offered. At first glance, the loud one seems more spiritual, but we don't know that. God sees the hearts, and He knows why they are praying as they do.


The Bible promises that “my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:19). God is not opposed to prospering you financially as long as you view your blessing as a way to bless others.


Don't judge people wrongly who ask for prayer about their business or investment. Don't assume they are simply greedy. They might be, but on the other hand, they may want to increase their wealth so they can be more generous givers. They may want their business to expand so they can hire more employees and help more families and their communities. The bottom line is – you don't know their hearts, only God does.


Practical Application – People are complicated. You can't judge their motives based on outward appearances. God sees their hearts, and He also sees yours! Let's align our hearts with His Word; walk by faith, and live by love.


1 Samuel 16:7; 1 Corinthians 14:25

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