July 27, 2020

This Is the Key to Getting What You Want | James 4:2

This Is the Key to Getting What You Want | James 4:2


In today's episode, we explore a very popular Bible verse that you've probably heard your whole Christian life, "You do not have because you do not ask."

What does that mean? And why was James telling his readers this truth?

Join us today as we explore James 4:2.


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Hey, welcome to The Simple Truth. I’m Julie Carruth. 

Yesterday, we moved into James Chapter 4 where James gets real with his readers by pointing out that their desire for worldly pleasures is the root cause of fights and quarrels within the church. 

James 4:2 continues with, You desire but do not have, so you kill. You covet but you cannot get what you want, so you quarrel and fight. 

James says you want what you can’t have, so you’re willing to kill to get it. So, had they actually murdered someone to get what they want? Surely not. Could you imagine the sudden drop in church attendance? “You know, I think I’ll stay home today!” Lol.

But we honestly don’t know. What we do know is that this problem got pretty violent. Most scholars believe James is referring to Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount here when Jesus said not only can you physically murder people, but you can also murder people with your words. 

And so James continues by telling us this can all be solved by doing one thing - Asking. 

In James 4:2, he says, “You do not have because you do not ask God.” 

James is stressing the importance of asking God for our needs. In James 1:5, James told us to ask God for wisdom when we don’t know what to do. 

Prayer is our direct line of communication to God. And yet, how many of us fail to do this one simple thing when we need something. 

It’s interesting to note here that in James 1:5 the word for “ask” is a command in the Greek language. We are commanded by God to ask God for what we need.  Does this mean that we won’t get anything unless we ask God for it? No. BUT I wonder how many things you haven’t gotten in your life because you didn’t ask. 

So your Simple Truth for today: When you need something, instead of fighting or quarreling out of jealousy or selfish ambition, simply ask God for it. However, there is one requirement to getting what you ask for. So, make sure you join us tomorrow for that Simple Truth. 

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I’m Julie Carruth and I’ll see you again tomorrow.