“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 1:5-8]
Did you know that God wants us to come to him with our needs and desires? I think it’s easy to fall into a trap of thinking that God doesn’t care about what we want because we have to make sure we are following him and his will for us. And that is true, but it’s also important to know that God wants us to come to him about EVERYTHING in our life. He wants us to invite him into our every day small moments, along with our biggest dreams for our life. The best part is that if we have a need, it says in James that all we have to do is just simply ask God who is a generous God.
So great, we know that we serve a God who is all powerful to make anything happen, and now we know that we can ask him if we need something to be done in our life. Easy enough, right? It is! However it is important to know a few things about God before we start treating our relationship with him as if he were Jeanie that will grant our wishes.
What are you asking for?
Looking back at this verse in James, we read that whatever we are lacking in, we can ask God for it and he will give it to us… But what exactly does that mean? If we need a brand new car, or a million dollars can we just ask God for it and expect him to bless us with that? Not exactly… First, it is important to realize the difference between a need and a want. Secondly we have to look at our heart behind what we are asking God for in our life. For example I might want a brand new car, but is that something I need? And what is my purpose in getting that new car if it is not something I need? Notice what James says we should ask for…. Wisdom. Wisdom is an actual need that we might have in our life that God wants to help us have, because that is something that he can use to bring ourselves and others closer to him. Now wisdom is not the only thing that we are allowed to ask for, this is just an example of the types of “needs” God wants us to be coming to him with. Other needs we might have are too many to list but next time you find a need in your life, try to see where God can come into that need and how he can help you with that. What are you needing? Is it peace, comfort, love, healing, breakthrough, provision, rest, understanding? The list is unending, but the main point is that you bring God into the middle of your needs.
How we are asking?
Now that we know what to ask for, I just have one more question: how are we asking? Continuing through the verse in James, he says that when we ask we must “believe and not doubt.” I want you to think about your prayer life when it comes to you asking God for things you need like wisdom. Are you asking just to tell yourself that you prayed and are doing the Christian thing? Or when you ask, do you believe in full confidence that you are speaking to your powerful God that created everything in this world and wants nothing but the BEST for your life? God wants us to come to him in absolute belief that he is able to meet our greatest needs. The verse goes on to tell us that the one who doubts God is like “a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind.” Doubt leaves us unsettled as we go back and forth on things like the waves of an ocean. Instead when we believe in the power of God, we can be steadfast in our beliefs regardless of our circumstances. So I encourage you this week to bring God into the middle of your greatest needs, and when you ask him believe with your whole heart that nothing is impossible for him.
Lord help me to seek you in the middle of my needs. Help me to ask for things that will glorify you instead of myself. I ask that you would give me full confidence when I come to you instead of letting doubt control my beliefs.