“You ask and do not receive, because you ask amiss, that you may spend it on your pleasures.”
James 4:3 (NKJV)

Yesterday, we learnt that faith is not all about positive thinking neither is it a tool for getting all the good stuff that we desire. Today, we are going to be looking at the correlation between faith and aligning oneself with God’s plans.

Mark 11:24 says that when we pray and believe, we will have whatever we pray for. But Apostle James says a different thing in our anchor text and by doing so, he adds a balance to the subject of faith. He tells us that we can ask for something and not receive it because we ask amiss.

This is why it seems as though some people are having easy with faith while others are having it difficult. It is not like God is being nice to some people and unkind to others. Faith has a context and motive. When you get the context right, you will also get the motive right. If you get the motive wrong, you will get the context wrong.

Talking about motive, most of us have a sense of faith that only accommodates favorable circumstances and that’s not right. Faith is not just a “better life” strategy. Faith is a selfless desire to be consecrated to the will of God, trusting that He has your best interest at heart.

Alignment is the most important thing in the subject of faith, not mechanism. When we surrender sacrificially and align ourselves to the passionate plan of God, faith becomes effortless. When we are aligned to God’s plans, our motive will always be right.

For instance, a lot of us use Philippians 4:13 for various positive things but that is not the focus of the verse. To understand this verse, we need to read the preceding verses.

“Not that I speak in regard to need, for I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content: I know how to be abased, and I know how to abound. Everywhere and in all things I have learned both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”
Philippians 4:11‭-‬13 NKJV

Paul understands that faith is alignment to God’s purpose and in carrying out God’s purpose, things will not always be rosy. However, since he is aligned to God, he can go through both difficult and easy situations and overcome because Christ strengthens him.

When you are aligned to God, your desires will be relevant to His plans. You won’t be concerned about yourself only or seek what is convenient. You will seek only His will. Alignment makes faith easy.

Bible Reading Plan:
Matthew 8:14-22, Acts 11:9-30, Psalms 19, Genesis 42-43.