you have not because you ask not Meaning KJV

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you have not because you ask not, God is a loving and kind father who knows our desire and is ready to supply all our needs but you need to ask before you can receive.

Until we ask, God can supply our needs, this post has more explanation to James 4:2.

You have not because you ask not explanation

There are things that God will not give us simply because we do not ask for them. “You do not have what you want, because you do not ask.” (James 4: 2). For some, it is pride that does not allow them to ask God. “I don’t need help,” is his attitude. 
There are things that you could already have in your life or some things that God will never give you because you will not ask, therefore, “You do not have what you want because you do not ask.” Why haven’t you asked God? Don’t you want to fix your situation with God? Did you forget it? Lack of faith?

         Many people go through life without God’s help, but it is very low to live this way. When we get to heaven the last thing I want to hear is, “Look at all these things I wanted to give you while you were on earth, but you forgot to ask!” If I don’t receive something from God, I don’t want it to be because I didn’t ask for it. It amazes me how many people pray to God daily, praising Him, and asking for his “list” of things, but forgetting to share with God what is really bothering them.

         If God says “No” to your request or “Wait”, still praise Him, but ask HimThere is a passage in Scripture in Joshua 15: 18-19 where Caleb’s daughter received land from her father, but it was dry land without water. She said, ” Give me a blessing: since you have given me the land of dry land, give me also sources of water.” She wasn’t afraid to ask. If you’ve ever thought, “I should be satisfied with what I have and not bother anyone,” then you could end up with lands to the south without water.
It is true that this would be better than having no land, but why not have both? Notice that she did not ask for a font but rather asked for “fonts”, and her father gave her at least four (see vs. 19). When she asked, she could have said“Can you give me a font?” But hey, if you’re going to ask, then ask for “sources!” If we are going to ask selfishly or for our own interests, then you would be wrong. Nor do I mean to imply that we should be dissatisfied or ungrateful with what we have in this life. 

But, I thought that we are in this for our Lord and the salvation of souls, and if money and buildings will help us to fulfill this, then ask God for them.
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    Things you could ask of God include; joy, happiness, peace, a wife or husband, being a better parent, wisdom to answer a question or solve a problem, power and grace to do what God wants, a job, etc.

    Have you ever prayed for an hour? (Matthew 26: 40-41). I’d rather be on my knees in a spiritual battle in prayer for an hour than worrying about something for two weeks!  “Do not be anxious about anything; but let your requests be known before God in all prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. ” (Philippians 4: 6-7). You pray and ask God to give you peace that everything will be solved.


            There are two parables where Christ teaches us that if we don’t get what we want, to keep praying (Luke 11: 5-8, Luke 18: 1-5). Why? One would think that “If God wants me to have it, He will give it to me, and if not, then why keep asking?” Well, to begin with, if we keep praying for something, eventually we will have to ask ourselves what our motive is for asking, “Why do I really want this?”
    God might want you to give up something (1 Samuel 1: 10-17), and if we go to the Lord every day in prayer for the desires of our hearts we will eventually say, “Whatever you want, Lord.” Spending time with God is always good, and I see myself more clearly, I find myself confessing more sins, attitudes, and complaints.