But let him ask in faith without doubting. For the doubter is like the surging sea, driven and tossed by the wind. That person should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. An indecisive man is unstable in all his ways.~ James 1:6-8
In contrast to asking in faith are those who doubt. Such a person expects his or her prayers to remain unanswered, and they will be proven correct because they do not ask in sincere belief. James describes this person as unstable in all his ways. Without confidence in the Lord’s faithfulness and ability, one is left to trust in his or her own capabilities. Limited beings though who are fallible means that circumstances reach beyond one’s own control, they are tossed and driven by the circumstances of life.
Examination & Application of the Text: The basis for salvation is faith in the Lord and a trust that he will fulfill that which he has promised. That same faith should influence and impact the prayers made by believers. Throughout history, God has proven himself as one who cares for his people and will listen to them (just consider the account of the Exodus and wandering in the desert). Therefore, believers enduring the suffering of trials have the ability to come to the Lord and ask for wisdom during the intensity of those trials (v. 5) but they must do so without doubt (v.6).
It is easy to say that believers should simply trust God. Trust though, is indicative of a relationship. Trust is built from seeing the character of a person played out in a real and personal way. The same is true of our relationship with God. If there is no relationship with him, there will be no trust in him. Therefore, the first step to trusting the Lord with one’s prayers is to develop a relationship with him through conversation with him (i.e. allow God to speak to you through his word and speak to him through your prayer).
Questions to Consider:
What does doubt look like? What does trust look like? How does one trust God?
Do you trust God?
What needs to happen in your life to develop a deeper relationship with the Lord?