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Emanna for 10/01/2020

Not Asking Evilly

Bible Verses

James 4:2...You do not have because you do not ask; (3) You ask and do not receive because you ask evilly that you may spend it on your pleasures.

Words of Ministry

We should ask, but there is a condition to prayer; we should not ask evilly. We should ask God out of necessity. We should not ask mindlessly, unreasonably, or wildly. We should never ask carelessly or evilly for any unnecessary things according to our lust or our flesh. If we do, our prayers will be in vain. While God often gives us "superabundantly above all that we ask or think" (Eph. 3:20), asking evilly is a different matter. Asking evilly means asking beyond one's capacity or real need. If you have a need, you can ask God. But you should only ask God to take care of your need. Asking beyond what you need is asking evilly. If you have a great need, it is not wrong to ask God to satisfy such a need. But if you do not have a great need, and you ask for it, you are asking evilly. You can only ask according to your capacity and need. You should never ask foolishly for this and that. Asking evilly before God is like a four-year-old child asking his father for the moon in the sky. God is not pleased with evil asking. Every Christian should learn to confine his prayers within the proper scope. Do not open your mouth rashly and ask for more than you actually need.

Bible verses are taken from the Recovery Version of the Bible and Words of Ministry, from Watchman Nee, Messages for Building Up New Believers, pp. 152-153. Both are published by Living Stream Ministry, Anaheim, CA. (Repeat 10/18/99) Please visit us at www.emanna.com Comments to: comment@emanna.com.