Praying Amiss.

This comes from the book of James in the bible. This James wasn’t the brother of the Apostle John, who was killed in Jerusalem. This is James the lesser, generally considered the son of Joseph and Mary, the half-brother of Jesus. He was considerably younger than Jesus. And he didn’t believe at first. But later came to believe. He was martyred around 62 AD. James was writing to the Jewish diaspora. When he got to prayer in his letter, he said they prayed amiss. It means for things to satisfy your lust. He said because you lust for things, there are wars and rumors of wars. When you ask for things to satisfy you, you will not receive them. He used rather strong language. But said if you are a friend of the world, you are an enemy of God. He said God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble. He also said, submit yourself to God and resist the devil and he shall flee. James was an orthodox jew. He believed in Jesus and the laws of God. He didn’t care what people thought of him. He wanted only to do what God wanted. These men and women began preaching the gospel to a world with no Christians. They were the beginning and I believe we have to start again.
Crain Blanchard.

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