James 1:5 (NKJV) If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him. 6 But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind. 7 For let not that man suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; 8 he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.
If we believe that God is who He says He is and will do what He has promised, why do so many of us habitually waver in our prayers? Instead of exercising bold faith, we come to the Lord “hoping” the Lord will hear us and answer our requests, but we are just not sure the Lord will. With this kind of thinking, we cannot expect to receive anything from God. Do you waver in your faith with God?
One reason we are so prone to doubt is that we fail to see God at work in our circumstances. We asked, and nothing happened. But the Lord is not some cosmic Santa Claus who jumps in response to our every requests. The Lord sees past, present, and future and knows the right time for every answer. God’s invisible hand is already at work on our behalf—arranging situations to accomplish His Divine will, opening hearts, and preparing us to receive what He’s planned for us.
Another cause for uncertainty is ignorance. If we don’t know God’s ways, we will be disappointed in His response. All too often our prayers are accompanied by expectations of how the Lord will work. When the Lord fails to intervene according to our timetable or anticipated method, we start to doubt. But placing our faith in the Lord and trusting in His good and perfect ways gives us stability as we wait for our answer from God. I am learning to trust God more each day, how about you?
Point to ponder- To overcome doubts, spend time in the Word to learn God’s principles and ways. Then you will begin to grasp what the Lord wants to achieve in your life and how He goes about it. Examine your past from a biblical perspective—your faith will grow as you see the unexpected ways God answered your prayers. Have a great weekend with your family and friends!
Pastor James Baker, Jr.