You Have Not Because you have asked not - James 4 in due time blog1

You Have Not Because You Ask Not

You Have Not Because you have asked not - James 4 in due time blog1

Just the other day I went to the store to pick up one specific item and when I got to the aisle where I knew I would find the item, the item was out of stock. It was a huge bummer as I needed a large quantity. I was tempted to leave the store because I figured there was no way they would have any in the back, but then I thought, why not ask? 

So I did and to my surprise, the gentleman at the store went directly to the back and brought me a whole case of what I needed. A brand new, untouched box all for me! It was in that moment that the Father gently reminded that the only reason I was able to leave with what I wanted was because I asked.

James 4:2 says, “You have not because you ask not.” Another translation says, “you don’t have the things you want, because you don’t pray for them.”

How easily is it to forget this truth? Some of the things that we desire the most are some of the very things that we have stopped asking and believing for. Can you relate to that? Is there a dream that you let die because you thought it was taking too long to happen? Is there something that was really important to you, but that you stopped praying about?

Remember, what you pray reflects what you believe about God. Meaning, if you pray big bold prayers, it’s because you have had a revelation that you have a big God, but if you pray tiny, teeny prayers, it’s probably because you don’t realize who Father is and what he is capable of blessing you with. But not praying at all? Well you can’t expect to get anything if you don’t even ask.

Father doesn’t want this to be a formula. He isn’t as concerned about you asking for something as he is about you talking to him about the things you want. Just like any earthly parent wants their child to communicate with them, especially about their dreams and wants, your Heavenly Father is just the same.

What dreams do you need to resurrect? What prayers do you need to start praying? I would have never walked away from that store with what I wanted had I not asked the clerk for what I needed and you too might never get what you want if you don’t start asking!

You Have Not Because you have asked not - James 4 in due time blog2

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  • B
    Posted at 15:18h, 23 October Reply

    Love this! Thank you for the reminder to pray BIG and BOLD! I am praying for the testimony of my life! I have definitely been lazy in my prayers in the past. No more! Cannot wait to share our miraculous news in the next few months! Praying for big prayers for you, too! I am currently filling the pages of our pink gratitude journal we got at conference with Scripture and prayers, and your name is written in there more than once. Thank you for doing what Father has called you to do, and for helping me in this season of believing like never before!

  • Suni Piper
    Posted at 19:07h, 11 February Reply

    I so appreciate your steadfastness in the wait! Thank you for your vulnerability in sharing! I am quoting and linking back to your post on my blog today. Praying the BIG prayer for you today!

  • Suni Piper
    Posted at 19:09h, 11 February Reply

    Thank you for sharing your steadfast faith and your vulnerability of the journey. I have added a quote from this post and am backlinking to you! Praying the BIG prayer, in faith, for you today!

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