TESTED BY FIRE
Every man’s work shall be made manifest; for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man’s work of what sort it is. [1 Corinthians 3:13]
Depending on the substance with which your work is made of, it will either be destroyed to ashes or purified to reveal its true brilliance and beauty. If your motive (for service, giving, praying, teaching, and any other goodwill) is to be tested by fire, what will it bring forth?
As defined by The English Dictionary, motive is a reason for doing something, or anything that prompted a choice of action.
Let’s consider motives behind the request made in prayers.
If you believe that prayer works, you will pray. If you get result when you pray, you will love to pray. Because prayer works! Unfortunately, a lot of people pray, without result to show forth. God’s word has revealed to us the possibility to miss out in prayers.
There is such thing as “error prayer”.
Apart from not forgiving and unbelief, the bible says, ‘selfishness’ is also a hindrance
to receiving from God.
Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts. [James 4:3]
Selfish requests in prayer are not in accordance to God’s will; they are evil prayers. Such as prayed for success to steal, cheat, and kill; prayer that both the means and end is to be used for self; to receive glory that is due for God etc. Does God answer evil prayers? Emphatically, no! God cannot be an accomplice in evil.
Decision: I choose to align my motive to the will of God.
Further reading: James 4