James 1:5, 1 John 5:14 NIV 2011
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.
This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us.
James, “a leader of the Jerusalem church,” draws from the “pure joy” in all situations from verse two and perseverance in four moving on to the wisdom that helps in every aspect of their lives. Wisdom here is more than “book” knowledge they gained. It’s actually Spirit led guidance in answer to prayer. John reminded the believers in Asia Minor to be confident that God would hear their prayers just as He heard Jesus’ prayers. Luke 22:42, “Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done.” God promises to answer us in the New Testament letters.
As a young believer I struggled when I thought God was not answering my prayers. Learning in my adult years that God was like my earthly father who sometimes answered my requests with ”No” I realized God could say “No” as well. Praying in the Spirit has changed the direction of my prayers to be less me focused by focusing on eternity. God promised and daily answers my prayers for godly relationships, spreading the Gospel as well as salvation for unbelievers.
Why does God promise to answer us?
God answers prayer,