Ask in Faith

Text: James 1:5-8

Prayer is an important part of our lives as Christians. James said that when we pray, we must “ask in faith” (James 1:6). What does this mean? What does it NOT mean? We will take a closer look at this phrase in our lesson.

Importance of Prayer

  • Asking God – prayer is directed to Him (James 1:5); we do not pray to angels or departed saints, but to God
  • Prayer is a privilege – we are a small part of God’s creation (Psalm 8:3-4); it is a great blessing to be able to address Him in prayer (1 Peter 3:12)
  • We must be righteous to be heard (1 Peter 3:12; cf. Psalm 34:15)
  • Prayer is to be a regular habit (1 Thessalonians 5:17) – part of our individual lives as Christians (Romans 12:12); part of our worship together (Acts 2:42)

Asking

  • We are to let our requests be made known to God (Philippians 4:6) – Jesus taught that we are to do this (Matthew 6:9-13)
  • We are not making demands – serve Him as long as He answers prayers the way we want Him to; we must have the attitude of Daniel’s friends (Daniel 3:17-18); content whatever God’s answer will be
  • We are not silent or mindless in prayer – the Spirit intercedes when we cannot adequately articulate our prayers, but that does not excuse us from it (Romans 8:26); not done mindlessly or without focus (Colossians 4:2)
  • God wants us to ask Him – He knows what we need and we must ask anyway (Matthew 6:7-8)

In Faith

  • Recognize the great power of God – He is the Creator (Genesis 1:1); can do far more than we ask or think (Ephesians 3:20); the “power of prayer” is due to the power of God (James 5:16)
  • Without doubting – doubting indicates a lack of faith or an immature faith (Matthew 14:31); God wants us to be firm in our faith (1 Corinthians 16:13)
  • What is means to “ask in faith” – to ask according to what God has revealed (Romans 10:17); lesson about the faith of the mustard seed (Matthew 17:19-20; 10:1)
  • Do not think that every request we make is guaranteed – must be “according to His will” (1 John 5:14-15); the “fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much” (James 5:16, KJV), but it does not override the will of God

Conclusion

  • Prayer is important in our lives as Christians, but we must “ask in faith
  • Believe in His power, respect His will, and be content in whatever His will is

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