When you finish up reading the second verse in James 4, you think, oh I just have to ask God and I can get whatever I want.
Then he clarifies it by saying when you don't get what you want, it's because you have a wrong reason for asking.
This could be money - why should God bless you with a better job or higher salary? Will you spend it on more movies and travels and eating out? Or will you share it with others?
This could be time - if you're too busy, what would you do with more time? Would you spend it serving others and spending time with family and friends or would you sit on your behind in front of the TV?
Next time you ask for something, ask yourself why you're requesting it. What will you do with it if you do get it?