“But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God…
But he must ask in faith without any doubting,
for the one who doubts is like the surf of the sea, driven and tossed by the wind.
For that man ought not to expect that he will receive anything from the Lord
being a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.”
James continues to challenge our faith. The key to this verse is God’s sovereignty. We are to ask knowing that God is able and that He hears our prayers and knows our hearts. We are to ask without doubting that God is able and that He wants what is best for us. When the answer is “Yes” , we rejoice. When the answer is “Wait” , we wait with expectation and joy. When the answer is “No”, we worship. That’s right. We worship God because we know that He has our backs and that He will not allow evil to overtake us. His “No” is His protection and provision. Even when it hurts!
Sometimes God answers “Yes” and we don’t expect that to be the answer and then we also worship a Father that loves us. Never doubt God. Doubt your request or the circumstances, but never doubt God. He is able and willing to reach down into the lives of men and intervene for His children. Read books about godly people and you will see God’s ready hand – Corrie Ten Boom, George Mueller, etc… Their prayers were not always for themselves, but for others and they were living a life in the presence of God, so they knew what to ask for. When God said “No”, they worshipped.
Trust God, not just what you want God to do for you.