“But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind”
But let him ask in faith,
God is ready to answer our prayers (v.5). Faith is the vehicle that engages trust in God’s readiness to answer to our prayers. It is the central requirement for answered prayer.
Faith is the basic operating principle for the Christian life. This is the main argument of the book of James. Here James applies faith to the exercise of prayer.
Faith is reliance on the character and veracity of God’s promises.
Faith is reliance on God’s promise and trust in His character. Those who put their faith in Bill Gates to build the Microsoft computer giant made a lot of money. If we do not trust the market, we will not invest. If we do not invest, we will not make money. Faith is an important investment of every day life much less of a life of prayer. If we exercise faith in business and banks, we should trust God more so.
Faith engages us with the power of God. It is like a satellite receiver that brings in an array of programs. All those programs are out there but we cannot take delivery of them without the satellite receiver.
“And whatever things you ask in prayer, believing, you will receive” (Matthew 21:22).
”So Jesus answered and said to them, ‘Have faith in God” (Mark 11:22).
With faith we can move mountains; without faith we cannot even move a molehill in God’s economy!
“Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him” (1 John 5:14-15).