S - James 4:2-3.nasb
You lust and do not have; so you commit murder. You are envious and cannot obtain; so you fight and quarrel. You do not have because you do not ask. You ask and do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, so that you may spend it on your pleasures.
O - Our motives can easily reveal our sin. Our sin ultimately leads us further from God, if not completely separated. A lself focused person may even seek God but ultimately focuses on what they need. But God is calling us to lean on him and seek his will, with the right motives.
A - The application for me is to be self reflective on my own posture and attitude. I trust in the Lord, even when He doesn't answer my prayers. Now I may not be praying with the correct motives. In this season of transition and trial, I am praying for alot of relief from depressing thoughts, and clarity on my future in Hawaii. My motives have been self centered, and when I pray I thinking about my problems, and not what God is doing all around.
P - Dear heavenly Father, thank you for your patience with me. I pray Lord your will be done in me, and that you would transform my mind so that I may hear your voice, focus on you and what you are doing.