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06/21/2017

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The Wisdom Of Prayer


"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 about by the wind. That man should not think he will receive anything from the Lord; he is double-minded, unstable in all he does" (Jas.1:5-8).

James makes an interesting transition from lacking anything in verse four (4) of the 1st chapter to asking God for wisdom. Asking, in turn, leads to a powerful consideration of faith. I think that James is focused on the need for Christians to ask for wisdom from the Lord, who is its source... In this, one gains the confidence from the truth that God hears when His people ask. Like all of God's gifts, wisdom is distributed in a generous manner to those who ask. From this generosity of God, James is now ready to turn attention to the way in which petitions (prayers) are to be offered... Here is an immutable truth! God hears those who ask! What James is emphasizing here is what we should emphasize also. Confidence in the Lord is to be commended. When one prays, it should be with the utmost confidence that God hears, that He is able to grant petitions, and wants to bless His people... That's us! There is a warning given in today's verse, however, that must be considered. The double-minded man believes that God acts in human affairs only when it is convenient to him.... When its not convenient, he trusts in his own efforts, whatever they might be. His heart or trust may be with God, but only partway. James has coined the word double-minded to describe a divided heart. Lets be sure that we are counted among those who pray in faith, with the confidence that God hears the petitions of His people and that He is able to grant requests. There may not be a better package deal on the planet that wisdom and prayer...

Have a great day.... Make your little part of the world better.... Love mark Phil.4:11

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