James 4:3–When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures.
Yesterday we were talking about how our desires can lead to quarreling and fighting. Today, it’s a reminder about our motives for asking. When we come to God and ask for things, why do we want them? Here James indicates that the people have not been receiving what they’ve asked God for because they are asking for things selfishly, only wanting them so they can spend it on their own pleasures. Are we only focused on ourselves or are we focused on the glory of God and bringing people to God?
Father, I know that I ask for a lot of things, but please help me to focus on You and Your motives for the things I need in my life. I pray that You will show me all that You have for me and show me how to better use the things that I do have.