Daily Topic for August 15, 2011

James 4:3
When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures.

Do you ever wonder why some prayers seem to go unanswered? James suggests one reason: our motives are wrong and we often seek personal pleasures more than God’s purposes. It is not wrong to pray for things we need—indeed, the Scriptures urge us to. But it is a wonderful experience to pray for something that is good and right and for which we gain no personal benefit. For example, we do know that God wants all men to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth. His Word promises that all peoples will be represented before His throne in heaven.

Pray that the Father will liberate us from self-centeredness and teach us to pray according to His will!

Lad Bania People

by EJD

“I am ruined!” said Rahul, a money-lending businessman of the Lad community of Gujarat, as he buried his head in his palm. Neetu, his young bride, stood in the background, as his father bellowed, “How can you lend such large sums of money to a scoundrel like Kataria?” “What are we going to do?” whimpered Rahul’s mother as she covered her head with her saree palu that kept slipping to her shoulder. Neetu’s heart ached for Rahul, who looked more desperate than she had ever seen him. She knew that she couldn’t say a thing, primarily because her father-in-law yelled and stopped only to take in quick gasps of breath, and also because it was considered unbecoming for a young daughter-in-law to interject when an older member of the family was speaking.

Later that evening when Rahul and Neetu had a quiet moment alone, she told him that she remembered something that she had learned in the Christian boarding school where she once studied. “Whenever we told the nuns how disconcerted we were because of an upcoming exam, she would say, “Ask and you will receive,” and then she would pray for us. Maybe we should do just that.”

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Pray that all hardships faced by the Lad people will prepare their hearts to seek and find the Lord. Pray that the Lord will prepare missionaries to work among the Lad Banias.

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