Friday I was praying the Liturgy of the Hours. The reading was from James 1:2-8. What was said here, I pray I never forget.
“Yet you must ask in faith, never doubting, for the doubter is like the surf tossed and driven by the wind.”
“A man of this sort, devious and erratic in all that he does, must not expect to receive anything from the Lord.”
How the last line of these Scriptures popped off the page at me. How I have pondered on these words.
How many of us before we pray, really examine our faith? By examining it I mean, how often before we pray, do we ask ourselves:
“Do I even have the faith the size of a mustard seed in this prayer to move this mountain?”
As I thought about this I believe:
This should be our first step before we pray.
“How deep does my faith run for the answer?”
The Bible tells us if we doubt we are like:
“The surf tossed and driven by the wind.”
“Devious and erratic in all we do.”
We should not:
“Expect anything from the Lord.”
We do though, don’t we?
I have been dancing since I have been four years old, beginning with standing on the top of my brother’s feet. When I became a teenager, every Saturday night, we went dancing.
Every Saturday night I had to have money to get into the dance, plus go out to eat, afterwards.
Every Saturday night my hand was held out to Mama and Daddy for this money.
Every Saturday night it was laid in the palm of my hand. (I am not making this about money!)
I never once doubted, that I would not have the money to go dancing, and my parent’s never once failed to give it to me.
As their child, I had faith. (I do mean complete faith!)
I am a child of God. He is my Father. He expects me to have no less faith in Him, then I did/do my earthly parents. I will not lie, there have been many times in my life, I have had less faith in God, then I did Mama and Daddy.
Scripture tells me though if this is going to be the case:
“Not to expect one single solitary thing from God.”
This is God’s “condition” for answered prayer.
Before we pray, we need to take note of our “faith.” If we do not have it, we need to get it!
I think in doing so, it will lead us into greater faith, as we will become more aware at times how little we have, if any.
God loves us all, of that there is no doubt. That does not mean He does not require things from us.
Faith and trust, are definitely two of those “things.”
Love and God Bless, SR