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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CommentaryWesley'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.
LibraryThe 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 …
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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--
If I had not confessed the sin in my heart, the Lord would not have listened.
"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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