“You ask and do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, so that you may spend it on your pleasures.” (3)
“Therefore it says, God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble. Submit therefore to God.” (6-7)
“You do not know what your life will be like tomorrow. You are just a vapor that appears for a little while and then vanishes away. Instead you are to say, “if the Lord wills, we will live and do this or that.’ But as it is, you boast in your arrogance; all such boasting is evil.” (14-16)
As Carly and I have now mentioned a few times, we are currently working our way through an old Richard Rohr seminar. One of Rohr’s main points, that he speaks on in more places than just this seminar, is that the real fleshly fight is against our own ego. When we don’t deal with our ego, we just make Christian flavored versions of the same worldly drama. I love how the book of James addresses the ego.
Our egos get in the way of our prayers.
Our egos put us in opposition to God.
Our egos lead us in evil boasting about a future we have little to no control over.
It’s important to remind our egos of, not only it’s own powerlessness, but also it’s tendency to get in the way of true power.
Making “your faith” an opportunity for the ego is counter productive, and this is what I see gushing from the pages of James. Get out of your own way! He pleads. Don’t take yourself so seriously, vapor.
How can we begin catching ourselves when our egos are taking center stage? Is your ego the reason prayers are falling flat these days? Ask the Lord about it, humbly.