This morning I was inspired to write about something after coming across a verse that really hooked me after I read it. That verse is James 1:6, and it reads as follows:
“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.”
I read it, and then I read it again and again. The Bible makes so many references about effective prayer. It tells us to pray continuously about anything and everything, both good and bad. And something that it also very often tells us is to have faith in our prayers. I think that’s what many Christians are missing when they pray. Anyone can mutter words of prayer to our Father, but how much faith are you really putting into those words? Words are just words if you don’t actually have faith in them. James 1:6 compares it to a wave of the sea, telling us that our doubt is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind.
This inspired me to do some quick research on waves. Waves are created by energy passing through water. The ocean is never still, much like our minds. And “wind waves” are created by the friction between wind and surface water. So think of your mind as the surface water of the ocean, and then think of your doubt as wind. When you let doubt get into your mind it does nothing but create a storm inside of you. But prayer accompanied by faith is like a shield against that storm. Faith protects your mind from being driven and tossed by doubt.
So, remember to ask in faith when you pray. And then let that faith repel any wind that tries to creep in. Keep your surface water calm.