JAMES 4:2b - You do not have because you do not ask.
Do you know who prayer intimidates the most? Christians! A lost person who wants to be saved can pray a prayer of repentance and forgiveness without giving much thought to form or style. He or she simply cries out to God, and asks for what is needed. Many Christians do not have because they do not ask. They do not know how to pray because they do not pray.
George Beverly Shea told me he had a dream one night that he was in Heaven. As the Lord was showing him around, Bev says they came to a large room filled with seemingly endless compartments, each one bearing a person’s name. Bev asked what the compartments were, and God replied, “These belong to every person who has ever lived and been my servant.” Bev asked the Father to show him his own compartment, and God did so. As they opened it and looked through its contents together, Bev was overwhelmed. It was full of wonderful things. Fabulous things. It was literally a treasure chest of blessings. “I don’t understand,” Bev said. “These things are fantastic, but are you sure they’re mine? I don’t remember having any of them.” God nodded in agreement. “You didn’t have them, Bev. But I would have given them to you if you had only asked.”
We do not have because we do not ask. And we do not ask because we do not know how to ask. In other words, we don’t know how to pray. But the secret to prayer is this: we learn to pray by praying. When Jesus’ disciples asked Him to teach them how to pray, He did not give them a step-by-step, how-to list. He said to them, “Pray, then, in this way...” How do we learn to pray? By praying. Begin today. Begin now. Ask.