To this point we’ve considered a couple of reasons Dr. David Jeremiah gave for why our prayers don’t get answered – unoffered prayers, and unconfessed sin. Today, we’ll address the possibility of unbelieving minds.
James, the half-brother of Jesus, provides the text for today:
But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. That person should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. Such a person is double-minded and unstable in all they do. (James 1:6-8)
This passage is packed with meaning, but for the sake of today we’ll just hit the highlights. James’ point here is that when we approach God in prayer, we can do so with either belief or doubt. But if we approach with both, we become “double-minded” – a word that literally meant “of two souls or minds.” Such a person is constantly wavering between two extremes.
In the case of prayer, such double-minded wavering may present itself in this manner: We take a care or concern to God in prayer in the morning, and by mid-afternoon we take that same situation back in order to fix it ourselves. We place it in God’s hands, but then immediately snatch it back into our own. Why? Because we really don’t believe God can be trusted with it.
Can you see the waves? Do you feel them tossing you between belief and doubt? This does not mean we can never lift a finger in an area we’ve taken to God, it simply means we need to continue to trust Him to answer.
Prayers going unanswered? Is it possible you’ve taken situations back into your own hands? –Dave
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