The Highest Motivation

June 23, 2014

If left to ourselves, our most common motivations are selfish. We generally want what we want for us. Only Christ's redemption changes our passions, but even as followers of Christ we can slip into self-centered desires.

HIGHER GROUND

We find ourselves on the best ground when we are lifted higher. When God purifies our motives to the point that we are not living for our interests, but His. When our praying is in sync with God’s heart.

When the nation of Israel was under siege by her enemies, the Psalmist plead with God to intervene, but notice why he asks for God's help and deliverance.

Let Your compassion come quickly to meet us, for we are brought very low. Help us, O God of our salvation, for the glory of Your name; and deliver us and forgive our sins for Your name’s sake. Why should the nations say, “Where is their God?” (Psalm 79:8-10)

You will find this theme running through all the prayers of the Bible. It seems to be uniquely important to God and to those who are nearest to Him.

GOD IS WORTHY OF HIS REPUTATION

One of our oldest evangelical confessions says: ""The chief end of man is to glorify God and enjoy Him forever.""  They got it right because they learned this from biblical saints. God deserves to be well thought of and the Psalmist knows this. So even when he prays for God's intervention, he asks it ""for the glory of Your name"" so that the unbelieving nations would not mock God and think that He doesn't care for His own.

Evaluate your requests before God. Not in a silly, “I-hope-I-don’t-get-this-wrong” way, but with an authentic desire to move to greater effectiveness in intercession. Sieve your prayers through the grid of God’s Name. You will find that you are never on better praying ground than when your motivation is simply and purely for God's glory.

 




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