There is room, even in prayer, for doubt. Our attitude when we come to God is important. We can come to break down or build-up our connection to God. Greater faith goes through a process of filtering out doubts through investigation and prayer. So be encouraged in your doubts; if you come honestly to God with them, He will sort them out and your faith will grow. We discuss James 5:1-8 and John 20:24-31.
Today’s CSC is connection. We’re looking at doubt and James 1:5-8 again. “Now if any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives to everyone generously without a rebuke, and it will be given to him. But he must ask in faith, without any doubts, for the one who has doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind. Such a person should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. He is a double-minded man, unstable in all he undertakes.”
Evan notices that there may be room, even in prayer, for doubt. Evan tends to think prayer is always an act of faith, but it can be flipped.
Liz says sometimes her prayers about writing are full of doubt, and other times there is really surrender there and pleading for God’s will.
God’s answer is sometimes “what did I say?”—like we tell our kids often.
Our attitude when we come to God is an important way to foster or hinder connection.
The process of coming to God with our doubts is vital. Because doubt begets doubt. If we keep it to ourselves, the more we will have.
Like if Evan was away in the military—Liz could see how doubts can build on doubts
Like the story in Mark 9 when the father says, “help my unbelief.” The father starts with some doubt when he asks Jesus “if you can…,” but he comes to faith.
In John 20:24-31, we read the story of doubting Thomas saying he needs to see the nail marks and the wound in Jesus’ side before he believes.
Jesus shows Thomas His wounds and says to “stop doubting and believe” and “blessed are those who have not seen but still believe.”
Jesus is so gentle with our doubts. Jesus is eager to forgive and then start working on spiritual maturity.
Faith means there are options, opportunity for doubt, but then believing what God says anyway—even when we don’t see it.
Thomas could have let his knowledge that dead people don’t come back to life inform his faith even after he saw the risen Jesus. But he chose to believe.
As things are proven for us in faith, we grow.
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