You Do Not Have Because You Don’t Ask God

You Do Not Have Because You Don’t Ask God
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“What is causing the quarrels and fights among you? Don’t they come from the evil desires at war within you? 2 You want what you don’t have, so you scheme and kill to get it. You are jealous of what others have, but you can’t get it, so you fight and wage war to take it away from them. Yet you don’t have what you want because you don’t ask God for it.”James 4:1-2 New Living Translation

How can it be so simple? All we have to do is ask God? I thought we all have to go out and compete and fight and claw our way over others until we finally can earn what we need. That’s what this world wants us to believe as we fight each other for limited opportunities and resources.

But there seems to be a better way in God’s Kingdom. God has no scarcity in His warehouses, and whatever is missing He can create or summon with a whisper. There are no famines in His Kingdom, and when food or drink is lacking, He is able to produce it from a rock or multiply a little boy’s lunch to feed a multitude.

Maybe it is because we see other people as our source, or our jobs, or our environment or country of residence. Then, when the economy tanks or the job market dries up, we begin to scheme, fight, fuss, and claw. All we have to do, though, is go to our only trustworthy Source, God, in prayer, asking Him for what we need! Then these other sources will line up as God helps us.

Remember what Jesus taught in the Gospel of Matthew:

“Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.”Matthew 6:31-33 NIV

Action Steps:

  1. What is it you think you need?
  2. Have you fallen into the common trap of looking to people to give it to you?
  3. If you don’t have it yet, have you asked God for it?
  4. Ask Him now.

Excerpted from The Daily Christian: Prayer by Iann Schonken: