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Prayer and Questions

James 1:6
But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind.

I love being reminded of the power we have in prayer.  I love being reminded how big God is.  But I also love being reminded what the Bible says.

As I was reading this verse tonight I couldn’t shake the feeling that I needed to share that doubt was OK.  Asking God questions when I don’t understand is a great way to learn. Asking God to show me the truth when what I see is different than what God sees is a great way to get eyes that see truth. Asking God about things people say about him that seem wrong to me helps prevent me from having a false picture of who God is. Doubt is not bad.

But this verse doesn’t mean ALL doubt.  This verse doesn’t mean I shouldn’t ask God questions, or that I shouldn’t seek things to be revealed when something seems wrong to me. In fact, this verse comes right after we are told that if you lack wisdom ask God to make it clear to you.  Instead this verse means that I need to understand that when I ask those things, God has the power to provide what I am lacking. This verse means I should not be doubting God is able to meet them if I am asking him to provide for my needs.

I will admit, I ask God alot of questions.  I’ve spent many nights explaining that I simply do not understand. But these words are only half the prayers.  The other half is the acknowledgement that God is in control, that God is teaching me and that I will be patient while he does.

So if you have been avoiding asking God tough questions about your fertility thinking it meant you were doubting him if you asked, I pray that you now have confidence that God can handle any question and can use it to help you grow closer to him.

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Jennifer Vanderlaan CNM MPH is the author of the BirthingNaturally.net website. She has been working with expectant families since 2000, training doulas and childbirth educators, and midwives. She has worked with midwives in Central America and Sub-Saharan Africa. Her interest in public health grew in 2010, and she is now a PhD student in a nursing program learning to become a producer of knowledge.

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