Unwavering Faith: The Struggle Not to Waver
I find it easier to pray for others with the faith James talks about. I find myself storming the gates of heaven for other people with such fervor and such a broken heart that I just can't muster for my own self.
James 1:6-7 states, "But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed. For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord."
I came to the conclusion that there is a difference between knowing that God can and knowing that God will. Based on this scripture, when I go to God, and I'm waffling in my faith, I shouldn't expect God to answer me.
I believe God answers every prayer. Here's the thing, though. The answer isn't always yes.
Scriptures says that God's ways are higher than our ways and His thoughts are higher than ours (Isaiah 55:8-9). He has the benefit of seeing the whole picture and knowing what's best for me, while I can only see a small portion. This is what makes it hard for me to understand. I know what I want, and I want it now! Sometimes God has to pump the breaks and make me wait because He sees something far better ahead.
Taking all of this into account, how do I go before the Lord with unwavering faith? How do I go knowing that He'll answer me?
The Lord doesn't want us ignorant, James writes, of how our faith grows. It might not be the answer I want to hear, but it states in verses 2 to 4, "count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing."
So, if I'm reading this correctly, I may have to weather a storm or two — possibly even three or four — and my patience will be tried. But the beauty of this scripture comes in the promise that if I'm patient and continue to pray, that patience has its perfect work, and I come out mature, whole, with no spiritual lack. How beautiful!
Now that I know by what means an unwavering faith comes, how do I transition my unwavering faith in my prayers for others to an unwavering faith in my prayers for myself?
I'm still not sure. I find it easiest to pray for others and their needs. I oftentimes don't have the words to speak when I petition the Lord on my own behalf. When I go before the Lord for myself, it's asking Him to reveal His will for my life and to prepare me for whatever lies ahead. And He has done that time and time again. Maybe the key is focusing less on tomorrow and more on today (Matthew 6:30-34).
God provided manna enough for one day. It required faith to not to take too much and trust that there would be more tomorrow. Some prayers require an immediate response, such as, "Lord, please help me!" in an emergency situation. Others require an unwavering faith to know that there will be manna in the morning, just enough for the day until God brings me to my destination.
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