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Read Introduction to James

 

“If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him”

 

and it will be given to him

God will give us the wisdom we need to cope with the difficulties we face. God is more willing to give wisdom than we are to ask for it. He answers prayer without reservation or reluctance.

“For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the LORD, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon Me and go and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart” (Jeremiah 29:11-13).

“I am the LORD your God, Who brought you out of the land of Egypt; Open your mouth wide, and I will fill it” (Psalm 81:10).

And whatever [There is no blank check from God in the word “whatever.” God answers prayer only on the condition of His will.] you ask in My name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. 14 If you ask anything in My name, I will do it (John 14:13).

Principle:

God guarantees to answer our prayers.

Application:

God will definitely answer our prayers. “Ask and it shall be given you” (Matthew 7:7-11). Answered prayer assumes an ask by faith (v.8). Genuine confidence in God’s promise results in God’s response to prayer. If we cast doubt on God’s generosity, God will not answer our prayers.

“But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him” (Hebrews 11:6).

None of us deserve answer to prayer but that is not the point. The issue is God’s intention and desire to answer prayer. Neither are our prayers nor are we worthy of answered prayer. We have no merit before God; only Jesus is worthy. That is why we come to the Father “in Jesus name.”

True prayer approaches God as credible and One who keeps His promises. He is trustworthy when it comes to prayer.

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