James 4:3
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New Living Translation
And even when you ask, you don't get it because your motives are all wrong--you want only what will give you pleasure.

King James Bible
Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts.

Darby Bible Translation
Ye ask and receive not, because ye ask evilly, that ye may consume it in your pleasures.

World English Bible
You ask, and don't receive, because you ask with wrong motives, so that you may spend it for your pleasures.

Young's Literal Translation
ye ask, and ye receive not, because evilly ye ask, that in your pleasures ye may spend it.

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Wesley's Notes on the Bible

4:3 But if ye do ask, ye receive not, because ye ask amiss - That is, from a wrong motive.

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The Lack of Prayer
"Ye have not, because ye ask not."--JAS. iv. 2. "And He saw that there was no man, and wondered that there was no intercessor."--ISA. lix. 16. "There is none that calleth upon Thy name, that stirreth up himself to take hold of Thee."--ISA. lxiv. 7. At our last Wellington Convention for the Deepening of the Spiritual Life, in April, the forenoon meetings were devoted to prayer and intercession. Great blessing was found, both in listening to what the Word teaches of their need and power, and in joining
Andrew Murray—The Ministry of Intercession

Addresses on Holiness,
IN EXETER HALL. FIRST ADDRESS. I think it must be self-evident to everyone present that it is the most important question that can possibly occupy the mind of man--how much like God we can be--how near to God we can come on earth preparatory to our being perfectly like Him, and living, as it were, in His very heart for ever and ever in Heaven. Anyone who has any measure of the Spirit of God, must perceive that this is the most important question on which we can concentrate our thoughts; and the
Catherine Booth—Godliness

But Though Prayer is Properly Confined to Vows and Supplications...
But though prayer is properly confined to vows and supplications, yet so strong is the affinity between petition and thanksgiving, that both may be conveniently comprehended under one name. For the forms which Paul enumerates (1 Tim. 2:1) fall under the first member of this division. By prayer and supplication we pour out our desires before God, asking as well those things which tend to promote his glory and display his name, as the benefits which contribute to our advantage. By thanksgiving we duly
John Calvin—Of Prayer--A Perpetual Exercise of Faith

"What is Your Life?"
"Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even as a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away."--JAS. iv. 14. AN OLD YEAR SERMON TO-MORROW, the first day of a new year, is a day of wishes. To-day, the last day of an old year, is a day of questions. Tomorrow is a time of anticipation; to-day a time of reflection. To-morrow our thoughts will go away out to the coming opportunities, and the larger vistas which the future is opening up to even
Henry Drummond—The Ideal Life

Cross References
1 Kings 3:11
So God replied, "Because you have asked for wisdom in governing my people with justice and have not asked for a long life or wealth or the death of your enemies--

Psalm 66:18
If I had not confessed the sin in my heart, the Lord would not have listened.

Proverbs 1:28
"When they cry for help, I will not answer. Though they anxiously search for me, they will not find me.

1 John 3:22
And we will receive from him whatever we ask because we obey him and do the things that please him.

1 John 5:14
And we are confident that he hears us whenever we ask for anything that pleases him.

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