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THE POWER AND MIRACLE OF PRAYER
Part 20: Doubt Will Stall A Prayer Request (James 1:5-7)
In the name of God Master, of the Universe, Ruler of the earth
Editors Note: There was once a man who went through life believing in many things as did most other men. However when it came to God and his faith he looked to the Bible. He was also guided by the Holy Spirit. His name was John. However another man also believed in many things. He also carried his varied belief system with him as he went to Church. He also challenged the Bible as it was to him only a book. He also questioned prayer as he often confided in his superiors on his job looking to them for peace and comfort.
John meanwhile savored the sun of the day and the sight of the moon at midnight. He also relished the joy of seeing and hearing God. He also knew that the road to salvation and Peace and Paradise would be one of doubt by many and hardened hearts were still a carryover from the time the children of Israel wandered in the wilderness. However the Bible that he still carried and read daily said that this would be so. It also reminded him that those that doubted would one day see, bow and testify as to his same God, Lord and Savior.
Peace be unto you. To the Church (the Church of Christ Jesus the Prophets and Apostles) and believing Christians everywhere. To those that believe in the Bible (the Spirit of God) as the supreme authority that governs all of humankind. In this we give thanks to God the Father the Son and the Holy Spirit that leads and guides us the straightway.
Doubt and lack of faith stalled Thomas and Peter. However we strive to defeat doubt as we pray for faith and patience daily. Meanwhile we have been called to look deep into the scriptures for messages from God on how to deal with doubt especially when we pray. James the brother of Jesus begins this Epistle with messages on how to deal with (cope) and endure trials and temptations. Follow us there as we pick up on the 5th verse and find another blessing in our prayer life.
James 1: 5-7: “If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.” (Also see Matthew 7: 7-11).
The word wisdom is used 51 times in the New Testament. It also has various meanings. Thus the word wisdom has to be noted in the context in which it is written to get the proper meaning of the word. However God will not change one’s brain into the brain of genius. Thus James means here to ask God to help us use our brain and mental faculties to acquire useful knowledge. Meanwhile the phrase “upbraideth not” means God will never be to weary or tire in hearing the requests of His children.
Follow us now over to the wisdom Book and a powerful and sustaining discussion on wisdom and God. Wisdom is from God thus the writer at the 2nd Division of Proverbs reveals much for our discussion. Our primary verses are 3-13 however we suggest that you read and digest this entire chapter of 22 verses. We will note several of the verses here for our discussion beginning with verse 3.
Proverbs 2: 3: “Yea, if thy criest after knowledge, and liftest up thy voice for understanding; “
2: 5: “Then shall thou understand the fear of the Lord, and find the knowledge of God.”
2: 6: “For the Lord giveth wisdom: out of his mouth cometh knowledge and understanding.”
2: 7: “He layeth up sound wisdom for the righteous: he is a buckler to them that walk uprightly.”
There is a cry for wisdom as this is indicated by the young man lifting up his voice. Also there is no comparison regarding wisdom and the value of precious metals. Meanwhile the search for wisdom will logically lead to the knowledge of God. We bear witness that Almighty God is the center of Truth and the maker of wisdom, truth and knowledge. This acknowledgment of God will then result in the fear of God. Wisdom is also “layeth up” meaning it is always provided for those who are worthy.
Just hearing wisdom is of little use. It must be stored in the heart and mind. We are also commissioned to make the proper use of the knowledge we gain. This will then allow those that are righteous to not be mis-led by those that are lost. Those that are lost waver and float on dry land as they see not heaven but a bleak and crowded earth.
Before we leave verse 5 of James 1 we turn to another cross reference noted at James 3. The first 12 verses James teaches about the tongue. However at verses 13-18 he teaches us about wisdom from heaven. Follow us to verse 17 for another word.
James 3: 17: “But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, the peaceable, gentle, and easy to be entreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy.”
Brethren there is no greater wisdom than that which comes from heaven and God. This wisdom has no respecter of persons it is also sincere and not hypocritical also bearing good fruit. Thus good fruit will be sown by the one bearing such gifts. Finally we note that wisdom will challenge and rule out doubt when we come to pray. Now continue with us as we rejoin James at the 1st Division and our two remaining primary scriptures.
James 1: 6: “But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed.” (Also see Matthew 21:22 and Mark 11:22-24).
1: 7: “For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord.”
Beloved we cannot hurry God. So regardless of when He will answer a prayer He will not grant any request that is not in harmony with His word. We thus ask in faith and faith comes by hearing the word (See Romans 10: 17). We also must believe the word after we hear it or we will waver and when we do this we doubt. Here James relates a wavering mind to a wave upon the sea that is unsteady and always moving.
Finally we see at our last verse that God will not grant a prayer request to those in doubt and those that waver. So regardless of when He answers He responds to those that believe and are in harmony with His word. Glory to God.
Peace and Golden Paradise, Carl A. Patton a willing slave and servant of Almighty God and Christ Jesus writing for the FreedomJournal Press a God Fearing Free Press 21 August 2009 in the year of our Lord and Savior Christ Jesus.