James 1:5-6 NIV2011
If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind.
James wrote his letter as a leader of the church in Jerusalem. Acts 15:13, “When they finished, James spoke up.” Acts 21:18, “The next day Paul and the rest of us went to see James, and all the elders were present.” His words about prayer were central to the growing church because Godly wisdom was needed. 1Kings 3:9, “So give your servant a discerning heart to govern your people and to distinguish between right and wrong.” Studying and understanding God’s Word influences a believer’s prayer. Godly wisdom in prayer enables the heart to be free from doubt.
The privilege of praying for friends and family is something I do not take lightly. The first prayer for anyone who is not a believer is that the Holy Spirit would woo his or her heart to the Truth. Specific requests when someone is ill, struggling with rejection or depression are all found in God’s Word. The closer I walk with Him, the easier it is to keep my compass firmly pointed toward Him. Scripture keeps my heart focused on Him daily and free from any doubts.
What keeps doubt away during prayer?
Praying doubt free,