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YOU HAVE NOT, BECAUSE YOU ASK NOT

I remember being raised by my mother and grandmother in the heart of South Philadelphia. In her wisdom, my grandmother would know what I needed before I even asked. My facial expression told her that I wanted to ask for something. She would ask me, “What is it that you need? Just ask me. I may not have what you need, but I know someone who does.” She was referring to God. We need to ask God for what we need. He will grant the longings of our hearts if it is in His will. Sometimes, we don’t have because we do not ask. Ask God for what you stand in need of; strength, help, patience and the list can go on. Today’s devotion references asking and is found in James 4:2.

 “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.”

I was hesitant to use this scripture, because it is so strong. But, I was reminded that all scripture is given by God. Although it is heavy, it still speaks the truth. At times, we go outside of the will of God and we scheme or find other ways to circumvent Him to get what we want. Do not go in the wrong direction, just ask God. Trust God and ask Him for what you need. James writes about humility and asking God in faith and with confidence. James wants God’s people to know that God grants rich blessings when we stay in His will. James is not limiting his requests to those of the world, but to the complete knowledge and faith of serving an all-sufficient God. At times, it is hard to comprehend all of His Word, but it is valuable in our relationship with God.