Posted by: pastormikemcdowell | August 9, 2013

August 9, 2013 “Ask Believing”

“If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him. But when he asks, he must not have doubt, because he who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. That man should not think he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all he does.” (James 1: 5-8)

Good Morning Faithful Friends!

In recent posts, I have reflected on the fact that prayer and belief are partners. Prayer without belief is merely an exercise in futility. In this passage from James, we learn of God’s most generous nature when it comes to asking him for good gifts. In this particular example, James speaks of praying to God for the gift of wisdom. From the way James structures this comment, I am of the understanding that it is a request made by someone facing a dilemma where there may seem to be more than one course of action to pursue…any one of which may seem to lead to a correct conclusion. The prayer is seeking wisdom as to which is the best course to take. James assures us that such prayer for wisdom…guidance from God…will be granted generously by God. That’s great news…but there is a requirement that goes along with such a request, and that requirement is belief. There is a verse of scripture that says, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not to your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and he will direct your path.” (Proverbs 3:5-6) There is little point in asking God for something without believing that it will be granted. James calls a person who prays in such fashion “double-minded” and “unstable”. When you pray, pray believing in the generosity of God, who is not finding fault. It’s the work of the Enemy, Satan, to make us believe that God will never answer our prayers because of our sinful nature. Turn from that notion. Place your trust not in your worthiness but in God’s generosity, believing in the Giver of every good and perfect gift. Let’s pray!

Gracious God; You are most certainly the giver of every good and perfect gift. May our faith increase in your goodness. Keep us from being double-minded, tossed from belief to disbelief. Increase our trust in You as we consider your faithfulness, your promises, and your steadfast love for us. This we ask in Jesus’ blessed name. Amen!




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