You lust and do not have. You murder and covet and cannot obtain. You fight and war. Yet you do not have because you do not ask.
You spend hours tinkering with a plumbing fixture trying to figure out how to make a repair. Finally, you take a picture of the broken fixture with your smartphone, go to the hardware store, show it to the clerk, and hear this: “No problem—you just need to replace that with one of these.” In other words, all you had to do was ask.
We’ve all had that experience. After investing hours or days searching for a solution to a problem, we finally discover that an expert could have helped us quickly and easily if we had only asked. James reprimanded his readers for using carnal means to accomplish their goals instead of turning to God first. In fact, it’s likely that our modern saying, “All you have to do is ask,” came from James’ words: “You do not have because you do not ask.” Instead of seeing God as our first choice, we often make Him our last resort. And we wonder why we don’t have the comfort, guidance, or provision we so desperately need and seek.
If you have a need today, make God your first choice. He is a Father who loves to meet His children’s needs—if they will just ask.
Most Christians expect little from God, ask little and therefore receive little and are content with little.
A. W. Pink