“When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures” (James 4:3)

James chides the believers because they are praying with wrong motives. Hence, he says, they are not receiving what they asked for. So, what were they asking that God did not answer? James tells that they are asking for worldly pleasures. And so God did not answer, because friendship with the world is enmity towards God. So, it is important to pray and ask as per God’ will. In that case we need to have a clear understanding of God’s will. Without which, we may also be asking for the wrong things. Jesus said, when the Holy Spirit comes, we will be guided into all the truth. So, God’s spirit is given to us to walk in the path of truth. When we walk in that path, we get closer to God and eventually we will know His will. Then, we can ask God with right motives and we can be assured that our prayers are answered. Amen!

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