We all have desires. Some of them, we make known to God through prayer. But, have you ever asked yourself the question, “Why do I want these prayers answered?” Do you want them answered for yourself? Do you want them answered for the sake of others? Or for God’s sake?
James said, “You ask and do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, so that you may spend it on your pleasures” (James 4:3). Here we see a wrong reason why you want prayers answered: You and your desires.
Hezekiah shows us the right way. He asked for deliverance from Sennacherib, the Assyrian king, who was attacking Judah with his army. Hezekiah concludes by praying, “Now, O LORD our God, I pray, deliver us from his hand that all the kingdoms of the earth may know that You alone, O LORD, are God” (2 Kings 19:19). In other words, Hezekiah is praying for safety, not for his own pleasures, but for the glory of God. He is a God who cares for His people.
God loves to answer these prayers.