Marie’s daily verse: I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. 12 I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. 13 I can endure all this through him who gives me strength (Philippians 4:11-13). 

DAILY DEVOTION, February 28, 2022

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 (James 1:6).

James speaks of approaching God in prayer. What does it mean to ask in faith, with no doubting? Some teach that to pray without doubt means that God will do what we ask. So if I pray for healing, I must not doubt that God will heal me. I think there is a better way to understand what James says. We must not doubt that God cares for us and will answer our prayer according to His will. While another Scripture tells us we may ask whatever we will, we do not always know if our will is in harmony with God’s will. I often wonder if what I am asking of God is appropriate.

John writes, “And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask anything according to his will, he heareth us.” Therefore, although we may doubt the faithfulness of our prayers, we must never doubt that God hears the prayers of His people and will always answer. He may not always do what we ask, but we must never doubt His love or His willingness to answer our prayers.

To doubt ourselves is inevitable. To doubt God is a sin.

Father, help me to pray aright, according to Your will. I trust You to answer my prayers according to Your will. My will is often confused. You are never confused. Thy will be done, in Jesus’ name, Amen. 

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