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10/28/2010

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Asking The Right Way


"But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God.......But he must ask in faith without doubting" (James 1: 5 & 6).

One of the perks of coaching was that I got to stay until all of my players got a ride home from practice. Since it was before the cell phone age, I would let them use the office phone to call for a ride. Here is how a call often went; "Mom! I'm done...Come pick me up!" Every once in a while I had to vent. "You're getting to play baseball, and someone is dropping everything to take you home, and that's how you ask!" Asking for things is OK, but asking the right way makes the delivering easier. Here in the Book of James according to today's verses, James tells us that when we have a need, like wisdom, we ought to ask God. Why? The rest of verse five answers the question..."who gives to all generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him." In the same way that Jesus directed us to ask, seek and knock in the Sermon on the Mount, James acknowledged that our needs can be met by asking God. James indicates that God is not stingy in meeting our needs and that there are no reproaches. There do not seem to be any catches involved, and God doesn't complain that He had to go out of His way to answer us.

So what's the deal about asking the right way, you might ask? Just as I wanted my players to be more polite as they asked for a favor from their parent, God has an expectation from us with our requests. "But he must ask in faith without any doubting." We are to believe that God has the power to do what we ask. This goes to our stability. Our faith in God creates a stability in us that should not be shaken. To drive the point across, James says; "for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed about by the wind" (V 6). When we doubt in our prayers, the doubt cancels the power of our prayers. Our God wants us to have the ultimate confidence in Him. Our prayers should be a single-minded effort. Doubting makes us double-minded. One of the minds believes and one of them questions. Just as I wanted my players to ask the right way, we must ask God the right way....IN FAITH.....

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