April 20, 2016
The apostle James speaks of a hindrance to pray, which could be one of our greatest hindrances. Let us look at James 1:5-7.
“If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him. But when he asks, he must believe and not doubt, because he who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind.That man should not think he will receive anything from the Lord;”
We see here that God loves to give to all without finding a reason not to give. Yet, James says, our unbelief hinders God’s answer to our prayers. If we doubt, we should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. Faith is being certain that God will give you what you ask Him. God knows our hearts and minds. He knows if we are asking in full faith. Where does faith come from? Can we talk ourselves into having faith? Not usually, faith comes from God and His Word.
Matt. 13:54-58 says, “Coming to his hometown, he began teaching the people in their synagogue, and they were amazed. “Where did this man get this wisdom and these miraculous powers?” they asked. “Isn’t this the carpenter’s son? Isn’t his mother’s name Mary, and aren’t his brothers James, Joseph, Simon and Judas? Aren’t all his sisters with us? Where then did this man get all these things?” And they took offense at him. But Jesus said to them, “Only in his hometown and in his own house is a prophet without honor.” And he did not do many miracles there because of their lack of faith.”
They didn’t receive their miracle because of lack of faith. They lacked faith because they looked at the vessel instead of the one who sent the vessel. How true this can be of us. When our eyes are not fixed on God, we will lose faith.