In yesterday’s verse James instructed us to ask God for wisdom so we can learn from our trials what He wants to teach us. In today’s verse he shows us the attitude that should accompany that prayer request…
But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind. (James 1:6)
It is vital to always study a verse in its proper context. The context of verse 6 is praying for wisdom when we are going through trials. If you are a Born-Again Christian and you pray that prayer sincerely, you can be confident that God will grant your request.
They key to praying with great faith is getting to know God so well that you consistently pray for things you know that He wants, too! (In case you are wondering, I still have a long way to go to reach this level of faith.)
James says that a person who prays for wisdom, but doubts that God will give it to them is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind. That mental picture might not seem so bad until you realize there may be a boat on that sea, getting driven and tossed by that wave!
We all have people in our lives depending on us. They want to know that when life gets stormy we will not panic and fall apart, but remain prayerful and calm, anchored by our faith and trust in Jesus.
There are certain things I don’t know about you. I don’t know if God wants you to have a new house, or a new car, or a million dollars. But I do know that God wants you to have wisdom. So believer, ask for it, and believe that you are going to get it.
This doesn’t mean you’ll have all the answers you want on this side of Heaven, but He will give you all the answers you need for today.
Today’s Good News is that God wants to give you wisdom, and it is only a prayer away.
Now, go share the Good News…
FAITH in ACTION!
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