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Before you ask God for something, pray this...

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I was just about to pray and ask God for some important and noble things (things I can do for God), and it occurred to me that my motives might be selfish, that perhaps my heart isn't quite right. I thought about my locked doors, the little places I'd rather ignore than open. So I didn't pray that prayer. Here's why: "When you ask, you do not receive because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your own pleasures."--James 4:3 "Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me."--Psalm 51:10 "If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive our sins and will purify is from all unrighteousness."--1 John 1:9 "He who conceals his sins does not prosper, but whoever confesses and renounces them finds mercy."--Proverbs 28:13 Here's what I did pray : Lord, God, I can't ask you for anything right now, not even direction, not for your will, not for your b