I may be weird, but I'm usually the last person I pray for. It seems selfish and self centered. This part verse in James, is in a paragraph that's teaching pride, jealousy and compromise with ungodliness leads to strife and asking amiss (James 4:3).
Jesus tells us in John 16:24
'Until now you have not asked for anything in my name, ask and you will receive and your joy will be complete.'
'Yet the LORD has not given you a heart to perceive and eyes to see and ears to hear, to this very day.'
The words stood out and I remembered that God has given all I have to me, my friends, family, property, gifts and ability. This lead to gratitude, thankfulness for all that God has graciously given and puts pride in its proper place. In being reminded and recognizing that God is the giver and wants to give us good things so our Joy will be complete, I compiled the following prayer which you are invited to pray with me if you feel lead.
Lord God Almighty, I ask this day that you would give me a heart to perceive and eyes to see and ears to hear - not for my glory or advancement, but to sense you and your ways better and for your glory and the advancement of your kingdom. Amen.