You do not have, because you do not ask. —James 4:2
God has provided a simple way for us to have the things we desire without struggling to get them. The verse for today says that we don’t have certain things because we do not ask God for them. A prayer cannot be answered if it is not prayed; therefore, we need to pray and ask. The type of prayer we pray when we make requests is called a prayer of petition—and this kind of prayer is important because God does not do anything in the earth unless somebody prays and asks. You see, we partner with Him through prayer. Prayer is simply the means by which we cooperate with Him and work with Him in the spiritual realm in order to get things done in the natural realm. Prayer brings the power of heaven to Earth.
If our prayers are not answered quickly, we may be asking for something that is not God’s will for us, or God may be waiting to answer because He is developing our faith and helping us build our spiritual muscles as we learn endurance and patience. We need to petition God and make our requests known to Him instead of trying to make things happen ourselves. We also need to trust His wisdom in how and when He answers. Prayer opens the door for God to work, but our trying to get things in our own effort only frustrates us and hinders God. He is waiting for us to ask and trust His ways and timing. When we do, He will work mightily on our behalf.
God’s word for you today: God wants to do more for you than you can imagine, so start asking boldly.
*Written by Joyce Meyer.