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But 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.(v.6)

Last week we talked briefly about prayer. We learned that through prayer God can give us wisdom. In this week's lesson, we will get into some tricky things like why God doesn't answer prayers or when He answers them in a way we didn't like.

Say you ask your mom for a dollar. She says no. Why? Because she knows you're gonna use that dollar to buy something that's not good for you. In the same way, God can say NO to a prayer to protect you from what you want.

Instead of saying no, your moms says to wait until you get your allowance because she wants you to use your own money and it will teach you to spend your money wisely. God tells us to wait sometimes when we pray to teach us patience and faith.

You ask your mom for that ol' dollar again. She smiles, hands you the dollar and says "I love you!"God answers with a yes many times because He loves us.

It's important to remember that God doesn't withhold a "Yes" to our prayers because He doesn't love us. Even when He says No or Wait, He still loves us. But the point James is trying to teach us in verse 6 is that we should believe God will answer our prayers no matter what. One way or another, with a Yes, No, or Wait, God will answer us.


DOES GOD EVER NOT ANSWER PRAYERS?

This is a hard question to answer, but it is a big "YES!" God does not answer some people's prayers. What kind of people? People who are not Christians(John 9:31). He does not answer their prayers because He is not their Father. He is their Creator, and as a loving Creator He gives them life, food and protection to a certain degree. But He will not answer their prayers because they are not His children. Now, we who are His children should never worry that He will ignore us. Even when we've been bad, He still hears us and answers us because of what Jesus has done on our behalf. Look up the following verse.


PHILIPPIANS 4:6-7

We will doubt God's goodness if we rely upon our own works or holiness. But if we trust in the goodness of Jesus and look to Him to provide our needs, we will have peace in knowing that God hears all our prayers.

So we have learned that God is willing to give us wisdom. When we pray for this wisdom, as when we pray for other things, God will answer Yes, No, or Wait. And no matter how He answers, God will still be teaching us wisdom because we will be learning more about Him each time we pray. God knows what we have need of before we even start to pray. And through Christ, we receive all the blessings and goodness that He earned on the Cross for us.


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