James 4:2 (NIV)
2 You want something but don’t get it. You kill and covet, but you cannot have what you want. You quarrel and fight. You do not have, because you do not ask God.
James 4:3 (NIV)
3 When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures.
How often do you find yourself thinking you do not have what you need? How long do you go on about how little you resources have? How much time do you spend being consumed by worry that you will not have enough?
Do you lack the strength to believe in Christ? Strength to stand against the temptations you face? Do you worry about your limited funds? What is the cause of your strength failing you and your resources drying up? Forgive me for sounding so simplistic but the answer lies in front of you, “You have not because you ask not!”
When is the last time you brought your requests before the Lord and asked him for his resources to be made available? Perhaps you have tried that prayer and found that God did not answer. James would then ask us only one more question, “For what were you asking the resources to be given?
Were you asking for strength so that you could stand and proclaim the name of Christ more clearly to others? Were your prayers concerned with the advancement of His Kingdom and not your own?
If you never pray or hardly ever what can you expect according to James? Nothing asked for nothing received.
What if you asked for something and you have prayed and prayed for it and nothing seems to be happening? Are you praying for resources and strength to be made available so you can advance the kingdom of God or your own kingdom? Take a moment and let the following words sink deep into your soul.
Seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness and all these things will be added unto you.” If you set about making His kingdom your priority and set your prayers to ask for that to come about then stand back and look out because God is getting ready to show up and reveal to you that he does answer prayer far more often than you can imagine.
Asking and receiving for the advancement of his kingdom,