2 Ye lust, and have not: ye kill, and desire to have, and cannot obtain: ye fight and war, yet ye have not, because ye ask not.
3 Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts.
18 If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me:
-A healthy prayer life with God is the most vital aspect of our lives- physically, mentally, and spiritually. No matter what part of life is in question, prayer is the single greatest thing we can do to impact our circumstances. The Bible discusses a multitude of things that can hinder prayer, but these few verses do a great job covering the problems that keep us from having an effective prayer life. I want to look at the three ideas contained in these verses separately. 1) We don’t have because we don’t ask; 2) We don’t have because we ask for the wrong reasons; 3) We don’t have because we regard iniquity in our heart.
1) We don’t have because we don’t ask– We may know of God, we may even know Him personally, but how can we say we are effectively communicating with God if we aren’t talking to Him? How many friends have you had over the years with which you’ve lost contact? It doesn’t matter how close that friend was at one time, if you haven’t spoken in 10 years, you don’t really know that person anymore. If you have let yourself become estranged from God, you have made yourself a stranger to God. God will always desire to rekindle such a relationship, but we must “draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to [us]” (James 4:8)