You do not have because you do not ask God. 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: 2-3
Here are two reasons we fail to receive from God.
Firstly, what may seem to be blatantly obvious: not asking. If we don’t ask, how can we expect to receive? God does not just ‘sovereignly’ hand out answers to unprayed prayers – He desires (expects) our involvement and commitment.
Secondly is our reason for asking. Why do we want what we ask for? Is it for worldly pleasures? See the next verse (4) “You adulterous people, don’t you know that friendship with the world means enmity against God? Therefore anyone who chooses to be a friend of the world becomes God’s enemy”
A friend once pondered whether this might be a reason some didn’t receive healing. While healing IS God’s will, is our desire for healing linked to a desire to use our health and life for worldly instead of godly purposes?