Scripture: “Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” James 4:7
Observation: The Holy Spirit and the flesh of man are in conflict. No one can satisfy the two at the same time. Our hearts are set to satisfy the lust of the flesh. For this reason, we make requests out of our fleshy desires but these requests are not answered because the intention is to satisfy the lust of the flesh. However, if we submit ourselves to God and His will, flesh will no longer have rule over us, then, the will of God will be perfected in us.
Application: What motivates me in prayers? Is my intention to satisfy the lust of the flesh? Could that be one reason why answers to my prayers are delayed?
Prayer: My desire is to please you. And so I pray that you strengthen me in my weaknesses through the Holy Spirit to resist all attempts of the devil to mislead me.