But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him. But he must ask in faith without any doubting, for the one who doubts is like the surf of the sea, driven and tossed by the wind. For that man ought not to expect that he will receive anything from the Lord, being a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.
James moves on to talking about wisdom from God but more interestingly is how he shifts almost immediately to the issue faith. James points out to his readers that lacking something is not a problem if one simply asks from God who is both generous and without reproach. The real thing he wants people to remember is that God is not going to hold out on a person. God wants to help us and give us the wisdom we need.
The final part of this paragraph is about however not lacking faith when one does ask something from God. James takes a very dim view on doubt. I would say that he has a very strong view that you should either ask God and believe, but if you are going to waiver in your belief then don’t bother asking in the first place. It is an important thing to remember in the context of prayer.
Next: Testing Your Faith – Part 3 (Chapter 1:9-11)