But God does not recognise prayer that is birthed in an envious heart nor is He influenced by our petulant pleas to satisfy our own fleshly cravings.But He does hear and answer all prayers that are good and wholesome, wise and pure for such prayers line-up with His Own perfect will. We'll send you an email with steps on how to reset your password. Pleasure here does not mean "fun," as when one goes to an amusement park. If the desires of our heart reflect those of the Father, they will be good and wholesome, wise and pure but too often the old sin nature causes the lust of the flesh and the pride of life to rear its ugly head, so that we desire foolish things and think and ask unwisely – causing our craving to give birth to sinful actions, evil attitudes and a covetous heart.James picks up this human trait of covetousness, which all to often manifests itself in the life of believers, and which occurs when the fleshly desires within each one of us are not kept in check, for the flesh lusts against the spirit, and the spirit lusts against the flesh. Loving Father I do want to pray aright and to pray into Your will. Keep me I pray from such covetous thoughts that anchor me to this world, which I know have nothing to offer, but rather help me to focus my eyes on You and keep my ears ever open to Your voice, so that I may pray in spirit and truth, in Jesus name I pray, AMEN. Let us in our prayers, delight ourselves in the Lord and pray aright, by aligning our will to the will of God so that we may live a victorious life and be content in all things, to His praise and glory. California - Do Not Sell My Personal Information. You do not have because you do not ask. Ye lust, and have not The apostle proceeds to show the unsuccessfulness of many in their desires and pursuits after worldly things; some might be like the sluggard, whose soul desireth all good things, and yet he has nothing, ( Proverbs 13:4) because he does not make use of any means, even of such as are proper and necessary, and ought to be used: The old sin nature will continue to manifest itself throughout our earthly life, which is why we are reminded of the importance of keeping self, nailed to the cross, so that we will not fulfil the lusts of the flesh.It is a craving for pleasure and an insatiable desire to gratify one's own bodily appetites that causes covetousness to become such a serious issue in our lives, and which caused James to spend considerable effort and time in identifying its deadly cause and addressing its much needed cure. When we ask according to His will then God hears and answers our pleas. You are envious and cannot obtain; so you fight and quarrel. Copyright © 2020, Bible Study Tools. Article Images Copyright © 2020 Getty Images unless otherwise indicated. Ye lust — Επιθυμειτε, ye covet, or eagerly desire; and have not — What you desire; you are, some way or other, hindered from attaining that of which you are so greedy; ye kill — In your heart; for he that hateth his brother is a murderer. James 4:2, ESV: "You desire and do not have, so you murder. Salem Media Group. You lust and do not have; so you commit murder. Indeed, Jesus was the perfect example of a Man who aligned His will with the will of God and was able to pray on all occasions: THY will, not mine be done. Proud member You do not have because you do not ask God." James is talking about the desire that normally arises within an individual, who must make the choice of whether or not he is going to follow through and … of James 4:2(NASB) Verse Thoughts So much in scripture points to right thinking and aligning our will to the will of God, which is an important key to living a victorious and contented life in this world, while at the same time laying up for ourselves treasure in heaven, in the life to come. James 4:2. So much in scripture points to right thinking and aligning our will to the will of God, which is an important key to living a victorious and contented life in this world, while at the same time laying up for ourselves treasure in heaven, in the life to come. Please enter your email address associated with your Salem All-Pass account, then click Continue. All rights reserved. Ye lust, and have not The apostle proceeds to show the unsuccessfulness of many in their desires and pursuits after worldly things; some might be like the sluggard, whose soul desireth all good things, and yet he has nothing, ( Proverbs 13:4 ) because he does not make use of any means, even of such as are proper and necessary, and ought to be used: ye kill, and desire to have, and cannot obtain; some, instead of kill, which seems not so agreeable, read envy; and then the sense is, they envy at the good and happiness of others, and covet after another's property, but cannot enjoy it; all such envy and covetousness are fruitless, as well as sinful: ye fight and war, yet ye have not; go to law one with another about each other's property; or rather, make a great stir and hustle to get the things of the world; rise early, and sit up late; strive who should get most, and quarrel about what is gotten, and seek to get all advantages of one another; and yet still have not, what at least is desired and strove for: because ye ask not; of God, whose blessing only makes rich: instead of all this worldly stir and bustle, and these strivings and quarrellings with one another, it would be much more advisable, and, in the issue, be found to turn to more account, to pray to God for a blessing on your endeavours; and to ask of him the good and necessary things of life, in submission to his will, and with thankfulness for what he has bestowed.