Asking in Faith

Scripture: James 1:6, ‘But when he asks, he must believe and not doubt, because he who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind.’


Observations: James is specifically talking about asking God for wisdom (v5), but he goes on to talk about the importance of faith when asking. James introduces a principle that applies to anything we ask of God – ‘we must believe and not doubt.’ According to James those who doubt that God answers prayer are ‘like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind.’ Later he says, that such people ‘should not think they will receive anything from the Lord. (v7)’ And he calls them ‘double-minded’ and ‘unstable. (v8)’ It’s a matter of trust. Do we believe that God hears our prayers? Do we believe that God cares for us? Do we believe that God answers our prayers? If so we should ask, believing that God will ‘give generously to all without finding fault. (v5)’


Application: When you ask God for something do you believe that God will give it? Of course there are provisos i.e. praying according to God’s will, and praying in Jesus’ name. But according to James if we pray for wisdom, God will give it to us. I believe that there are certain things that God guarantees his people, the Holy Spirit, a Christ-like character, understanding of his word etc. But no matter what we pray for James reminds us that we need to pray with faith.


Prayer: Dear Heavenly Father, I must confess that so often when I pray I’m just going through the motions, saying the same things, without really engaging in the fact that I am talking to You, O Lord. Lord, grow my faith in Your goodness and grace. Grow my faith in the fact that You love to give good gifts to Your children. Lord, I pray that You give me the strength to serve You. I pray that You give me the wisdom to understand Your will. And give me the faith to pray expecting You to answer my prayers, for Your glory and honour. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.


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