The Cost of Doubting


How often do you ask God for something out of obligation rather than in faith?

James 1:6-8

But he must ask in faith without any doubting, for the one who doubts is like the surf of the sea, driven and tossed by the wind. For that man ought not to expect that he will receive anything from the Lord, being a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.

Webster’s Dictionary says that to doubt in the transitive sense means to lack confidence in, to consider unlikely. In the intransitive sense, to be uncertain, to waver or fluctuate in opinion; to hesitate; to be in suspense; to be in uncertainty, respecting the truth or fact; to be undetermined.

How often do you ask God for something out of obligation rather than faith? We ask because it is the “Christian thing to do,” all the while, we are quite confident that our prayers will go unanswered or meet with a resounding “No.” Either we are asking for things that are outside of God’s will, or we are asking without believing. Either way, we are “double-minded” and “unstable” in all our ways.

Hebrews says, “…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 seek Him” (11:6). Granted, God’s Providence means that not every request we make will be granted, even if it is in accordance with Scripture, but don’t ever forget that YOUR part is to ask in FAITH…to ask without DOUBT.

Is your prayer request acceptable according to God’s Word? Are you asking in faith, knowing that He is absolutely able to answer your prayer? Then rest easy in the palm of His Providence. If not, get back to God’s Word and His character and His track record and quit doubting.

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