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.
When it comes to prayer, there can be a real struggle with faith and doubt. We bring to the Lord our prayer requests and often wonder if the Lord will answer. Our doubts may stem from past failures, feelings of inadequacy, or even an unclear understanding of God’s relationship to us. Even as a brother of Jesus, James had to overcome his own doubts to truly believe (see Mark 3:21; John 7:5).
James speaks of doubt as a wavering between conflicting ideas, much like a boat being blown to and fro by the wind. The call to believe without doubting means to have a steadfast confidence in the character and love of God. Prayer is the opportunity to bring our cares, concerns, and confessions to the Lord, who is faithful and true. We never need to doubt the reality and unchangeableness of God’s love for us. We can walk and talk with our Savior at all times, with complete confidence in his faithful presence. Jesus is with us!
Jesus, forgive me when my focus has been on the uncertainties of life rather than on you! I trust in your unfailing love and choose to walk in faithful obedience as your disciple. I make my requests with complete confidence in you.
Prayer Journal Reflections
What is the Holy Spirit saying to you today about the Lord’s protection, direction, and revelation for your life and the life of the church?
—Mark Lehman, District Superintendent, Southwest Oklahoma