James 1:5-8 “ 5But 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. 7 For let not that man suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; 8 he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.”
Learning to receive from God is equally as important as learning to pray. Jesus taught that when you pray you should believe you have received, and then you would have what you prayed for. To believe is to be strongly persuaded and accept as true. In order to receive, you must be convinced and accept that what you have asked for is done. Coupled with believing you have received is to be expectant.
James says that a person who asks and occasionally wavers in his expectation will not receive from God. That’s strong and direct. Such a person is called “double-minded” and “unstable”. You must be persistently and consistently expectant because your answer is sure. Take for example, you’ve always wanted an ipad, and you eventually save enough money, and you proceed to make a purchase. Its expected delivery is put at 5-10 business days. The moment you make your payment, a confirmation is sent to you. This confirmation email indicates that you own a laptop and it is in transit. Every day from day 5 you look out expectantly for your package because it is scheduled to arrive at any moment.
This is the same attitude that is expected of you when you pray. Your prayer is answered. You believe you received, so you should daily rejoice at the hope that the manifestation you so desire is right around the corner.
Friend when you pray, don’t doubt that you have received, and don’t be double minded. You may be asking: ‘how long do I have to wait?’ That should not be a factor, God is always on time. Remain expectant for as long as it takes, don’t be under the pressure of time. Scripture guarantees that the expectation of the righteous shall not be cut-off (Prov.23:18)
Scriptures to Meditate: Heb.11:6, Rom.8:32, Prov.23:18, Ps.27:13-14; 130:5
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