But let him ask in faith without any doubting, for the one who doubts is like the surf of the sea driven and tossed by the wind.
Prayer is an act of faith. It must be accompanied by a genuine and passionate relationship with the Lord. You must believe in His promise to love you unconditionally. You must believe that He cares for you in a most perfect way that not even the best earthly father could care for his child. Once you believe in God’s immeasurable goodness and favor towards you, faith and prayer are but a natural outcome.
This is why James cautions us to pray without doubting. You must believe in the power of prayer and the goodness of God. Prayer without faith isn’t true prayer at all. Prayer without faith is like a scared child, knowing that he is alone in the dark, and yet whispering for his dad anyway. It comforts the child, but he doesn’t exspect an answer in return. James compares this type of person to a wave of the sea, “driven and tossed by the wind.”
Faithful prayers rise to Heaven on the voices of those who believe that God hears their prayers and answers them according to His perfect wisdom. Are your prayers among this choir of the faithful or the whispers of the scared? I challenge you to believe in your prayers today. Believe more in your God.