You ask and do not receive, because you ask amiss, that you may spend it on your pleasures. James 4:3
One thing that has hurt the church, the Kingdom, the family of God, and many individual believers, is the erroneous teaching of the “prosperity gospel.” It sounds so good and so attractive to us on the very human level, when we are told that God not only wants us to prosper, but He wants us to be wealthy. Many are quick to embrace teaching that says that we only need to “name it and claim it.”
But, dear child of God, that is not what God’s word teaches us unless you twist it, take it out of context, and distort meaning. There is far too much evidence that supports the truth that in this life we will have tribulations and trials.
James, who is very practical in his writing, says the reason why you sometimes feel that God is not answering may be because you have asked amiss. Far too often, our prayer life consists of going to God with our wish and want list. John says that when we ask according to His will, He hears us.
Part of our prayer must always be to bring our will into alignment with His will. When we are obedient, even in prayer, He will hear and answer! This day, as you talk with the Lord, spend as much time listening as you do talking.