James knows that people may feel that they lack wisdom about God. Like how to proceed through their trials with God. James reminds them of what God is doing for us in the midst of the various difficulties. So he encourages them to ask God and reminds them of His character. He builds their faith and hope in God by helping them to see again that God is a giving God.
“But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed.”
We should ask God for the wisdom we need to see things from His perspective. Similarly God is faithful to His promise; what you need to do is make up your mind if you are really going to be committed to the trials with God.
If you want God to answer your prayer for wisdom in your trial, you need to ask in faith. When we are in a time of trial, whether large or small, to ask in faith is to hand everything over to God, even our doubts or misgivings.
Purify your hearts, you double-minded. Many believe that James coined this word, because it is never used anywhere in literature before James was written, but it is quoted in several other Christian documents after James.
2 Kings 17:33
“They feared the Lord, and served their own gods, after the manner of the nations whom they carried away from thence.”
There are many ways of being “double-minded”, but it basically means that you don’t really have a firm commitment one way or another. Such a person who asks God could be double minded about their request they may say they really want God’s best, but have their hearts set on something far less. Double-minded person may also be double minded about whether or not they trust God in the midst of their trial.
God is calling you to choose Him, as the One, True Lord & God of your life. You can be confident that God will answer your prayers, and give you the wisdom you need in your trials. But are we committed.