Hear James explanation for unanswered prayers, “When you ask you ask amiss so you can consume it upon your own lust.” Ok…okay! That sounds hard. There’s more to it.
James Jesus’ brother was only addressing Christians who were still very worldly in their operation but were still expecting to get their prayers answered. Mind you, these were young Christians who had not given themselves over to being converted in their souls. You know, you become a Christian so changes should begin to happen in your life.
Now Apostle John says “Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers.”3 John 2:2 This is where we find the link between our souls being in a healthy prosperous state so we can handle the good things that GOD desires for us to have.
In the account of the talents, the master told the servant that since he has handled a little well, he would make him master over much more…Is GOD any different in principle? Do peruse this possibility for not attaining the promise. Sure, we have other oppositions to the promise, but let’s make sure its not an internal one. There are just some promises that will only manifest after reaching a certain level of maturity.
An eight year old boy who desires to drive a “zooma zooma” car can pray to GOD with childlike faith but won’t receive it. He is simply not ready to handle all that power. The GOD who loves him dearly withholds the answer until the most appropriate time.
“Beloved, I wish above all things that you may prosper and be in health even as your souls prospers.”3 John1:2