Do you ruminate upon the spiritual needs of others in “conversation” with God?
Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts. (James 4:3 KJV)
Is your prayer time an expanded accordion list of all the things you desire or see a need for in your life? Or is your prayer time full of praising, talking and listening for God’s direction in your life? God is not a “spiritual genie” you can contact who will simply grant any desire or perceived need you ask of Him.
If your prayer life is centered upon the things that God can do for you rather than what you can do as a servant for Him; then perhaps you are asking Him in amiss. If your sole purpose in asking Him is to waste God’s goodness and mercy in giving yourself whatever you desire; rather than serving Him by helping others in need. Then yes, according to His Word, you are asking amiss.
God does not give mankind things so he can build up a material presence and lifestyle upon this earth for himself but rather God gives to us so that we can give to others. It is a circle of blessing that keeps giving and giving to others who are in need and coming back to supply our own needs according to God’s will for our life.
God’s Word says:
Cast thy bread upon the waters: for thou shalt find it after many days. (Ecclesiastes 11:1 KJV)
God is a generous God and by His own merciful example desires His own spiritual family to be givers; even sacrificially, as necessary in accordance to His will. In fact His spiritual economy is based upon, or loaded heavily with, giving to others rather than expecting to receive for ourselves. The world’s financial balance sheet always operates heavily on receiving rather than the giving away of commodities and funds.