Have you ever stopped to wonder about the motives behind your actions? Is it possible to do the right thing for the wrong reason? Several months ago Michael and I had the privilege of seeing the pre release of the current movie “War Room”. (I highly recommend this movie. It’s a life changer.) Last week I went to see it again. It is awesome! It is what has brought me to today’s Wisdom Word of Motive.
First let me say, no one does anything from a single motive, and no motive is pure. I am so grateful that God looks beyond our actions to what is in our hearts. Our actions are what the world sees and as good as our actions may appear it is the motive behind the action that is paramount. An aftermath and reflection on the movie “War Room” brought home very clearly that we can, should, and often do pray, but what is the motive behind our prayer.
You might think at the age of seventy, I would have a lot of things figured out, but in reality I find the older I become in years, the more open I become to God, the more willing I am to listen and learn at the heart level, not from my head. I have been a woman of prayer most of my life and learned early about the importance of making sure my “motive” in prayer was to seek the will of God. After seeing and reflecting what I have come to know is the passion I have been missing when it comes to prayer.
Yes, I get up in the morning (more mornings than not, but I am not perfect) and spend time in prayer and silence (because I also know listening is important). It is part of my routine. It is my routine and I learned very early in the Twelve Step Program that if I wanted to “live”, prayer needed to be part of my survival package. I would faithfully get up at 3:00 am and spend an hour in prayer. First Motive = life.
As the years progressed and my life went through major changes, prayer became more essential as I wanted to align my life with the “will of God”. This took great effort of study and prayer. In all the struggles and decisions that were necessary prayer was a vital part of the process. Second Motive = Life’s Struggles
I could go on through many other stages in my prayer life, but I hope you get the idea. Where I am at seventy and after examining my own journey these questions began to surface. What is the purpose of prayer? What does God want from my prayer time? Am I passionate about prayer and the time I spend in prayer? Is my prayer fervent? What I have learned about my self is that I have fallen short in the area of “passionate and fervent” prayer.
In order for prayer to be passionate and fervent it’s important to offer it in pure love. Fortunately God is a patient and willing teacher who looks at our heart and not our words and invites us to grow. The challenge today is to examine your own prayer life and invite Papa God to reveal awareness around your motives in prayer. James 5:16 says. “Confess your trespasses to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous (living right with God) person avails much.” Let’s together increase the power of prayer!
Leanne Urban Hermit