Asking In Faith

When we ask the Lord for wisdom, we need to tune our heart to hear His response. He has wisdom stored up for those who walk in His truth (Proverbs 2:7). When we ‘hear’ His wisdom, we need to believe it and act on it immediately.

When we hem and haw, or vacillate we fall into error. That moment of hesitation allows doubt, fear, and unbelief to creep in. All of satan’s lies are designed to undermine our faith. However, when we immediately mix what we hear with faith, it will crowd out the enemy’s plan of attack.

Note that in James 1:5, we are invited to ask for wisdom. It is not a command. It says, “If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him.”

What a promise. All we have to do is ask the One who is filled with all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge (Colossians 2:3). The only condition is that we ask in faith. Philippians 4:6 says, “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests by made known to God.”

The Lord knows everything that is circling the wagons in our hearts. Psalm 139:1 says, “O Lord, You have searched me and known me.” He wants us to ask so that we empty our hearts before Him. Psalm 62:8 says, “…pour out your heart before Him…”

Romans 10:17 says that faith comes by hearing God’s word. Think of a dry sponge when it is submerged in water. It becomes saturated with the water. When we saturate our minds with the living water of His word, we stabilize our heart so that it will not waver when we face temptations or impossibilities.

Matthew 7:7-8 says, “Ask, and it will be given to you…For everyone who asks receives…” That is exactly what James 1:5-6 said, “…who gives to all liberally…But let him ask in faith…” Matthew 7:11 says of earthly fathers, “If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him!”

We arm our minds with the truth of Who God is at all times before we ask. Inward truth is like a sentinel on guard duty. We fill our mind with Scriptural promises that pertain to our need. When we ask believing that what He says is what we will do, then we prime our hearts to obey and not back out.

I love to pray specifically. I know that when the Lord answers in a specific way, it is Him and I can wholeheartedly embrace it. I remember when I received my first ‘unspecified’ prayer request. I had no clue how to pray. It took me off guard. I truly didn’t know how to ask in faith, believing.

Mark 11:24 says, “Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask for when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them.” It doesn’t mean things that we can consume upon our own lusts (James 4:3). It does mean that we can thank Him for Who He is, and praise Him because He will answer according to His perfect will for us.

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