“If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him. But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind. For that person must not suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double minded man, unstable in all his ways.”- James 1:5-8
I don’t think this verse needs deep explanation, other than pointing out that if we do not have faith that wisdom will definitely not come from the world or your own natural abilities, or full assurance that God is good, we will not “receive anything from the Lord.” We are “double minded,” unsure whether or not God is faithful and capable to give us the wisdom we seek, considering wisdom could come from any other source.
So, are you like me, you seek wisdom, but you’re uncertain if your faithometer is at a full 100%? What are you doing about that?
Fasting is certainly a great course of action to grow deeper in relationship with God, and in turn, increase your faith in him and his goodness. Check out the story of Jesus’ disciples NOT being able to heal an epileptic boy, then Jesus comes around and of course heals the boy. They ask Jesus why they couldn’t heal him, and he says “Because of your unbelief; for assuredly, I say to you, if you have faith as a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you. However, this kind does not go out except by prayer and FASTING” (Matthew 17:20-21).
There it is – This kind (of faith) does not go out EXCEPT by prayer – which we are already doing by means of request – and FASTING – which we are currently considering. In many cases, this is the missing element, and this is something I know I must be doing if I have a hope of attaining the faith needed to come before God with a wisdom request.
Finally, lets be honest with ourselves about what fasting actually is and isn’t. It is not declining something your body doesn’t need – like television, internet, snickers bars, or Miller Lite as you can survive without those. It is depriving your body of something it actually needs, namely, food, so that you can:
1.) Feel actually weak and can honestly tell God “in my weakness you are strong”
2.) Authentically say “God, YOU are more than enough,” and “I need YOU more than I need the things my body requires to survive.”
3.) ***ask God for wisdom IN (now assured) FAITH, and it will be given to you.
Prayer + Fasting = Faith. Wisdom request + Faith = Wisdom!!!