Pastor Mark Jeske
“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 believe and not 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).
It is heartening to pray to a God who gives generously to all “without finding fault.” When repentant sinners are forgiven by their loving Savior, they really are forgiven—God is no longer interested in accusing. The sin that once separated them has been nailed to the cross with Jesus and is gone. Gone! And so God’s forgiven children don’t have to feel stupid or guilty when they come to their Father for help, because he is interested in helping them, not in finding fault with them.
“And don’t doubt,” says James. Christian prayer expresses full confidence in God’s unlimited love, God’s unlimited power, and God’s unlimited wisdom. According to James, if we doubt any of those aspects of God, we are double-minded, spiritually schizophrenic, unstable, and unlikely to receive anything at all from the Lord. Prayer is all about relationships—Christian prayer is a celebration of being children of our Father “who art in heaven.”
If you’re going to pray for rain, bring an umbrella.
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