double minded = zero stability

‘If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him. 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. For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord. A double minded man is unstable in all his ways.” James 1:5-8 (KJV) (emphasis supplied) James portrays here a classic case of the lack of faith that creeps into the life of many Christians. We ask of God, but fail to maintain the faith necessary to see the completion of our request. What James states is that we must ask in faith, but we cannot waver in that faith. If we waver in our faith, we get nothing from God. The devil realizes the same thing. If he can get us to doubt or question whether our request will be granted, he has caused us to waver and doubt that God answers prayer.
When we pray the devil begins to attack our mind. He wants us to move our thoughts from those of faith to those of doubt. If he can cause us to doubt, he wins. Jesus gave us the directions for success in prayer. “Jesus answered and said unto them, Verily I say unto you, If ye have faith and doubt not, ye shall not only do this which is done to the fig tree, biu also if ye shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea: it shall be done. And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive.” Matthew 21:21-22. (emphasis supplied) The key is to believe and doubt not, for if we do Jesus’ promise is that we shall receive what we ask for in prayer.
The devil uses two companions, doubt and his friend, unbelief. These two go hand in hand to challenge any believer who prays. Christians wonder many times why their prayers go unanswered, but in order to challenge God for not answering prayer, we must first check out ourselves to see whether when we prayed, we were faithful in our believing. If we doubted, then we were not believing and our prayers were hindered so we could only expect what we got—nothing. We must be faithful in prayer, but also faithful in belief. We cannot afford to doubt if we want our prayers answered. Imagine the power of our prayers when we have no doubt or unbelief. We truly can move mountains!
But we get bombarded with thoughts from the devil that we are unworthy of getting our prayers answered or that God will not answer our prayer because we have sinned and have not been forgiven, or our prayer is not important to God. All of these are lies of the devil. How can we stand up to those thoughts. Paul provides an answer. “Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ:” 2 Corinthians 10:5. The Message Bible translates that as “We use our powerful God-tools for smashing warped philosophies, tearing down barriers erected against the truth of God, fitting every loose thought and emotion and impulse into the structure of life shaped by Christ.” Notice this is our job. We are to be proactive in recognizing false statements that challenge the truth of God, and to rise up and speak the Word of God in support of the truth of God so as to tear down those unGodly thoughts and to bring those thoughts into the obedience of the Word. We are to protect our prayers by capturing the enemies’ thoughts and converting them into the truth, By doing that we are not doubting, but are affirming our belief that our prayer, well protected, will be answered by God. We will not be double minded so we will be stable in our ways and victorious in our prayers. And if we apply this to our life as a whole, then we will be stable in all our ways!

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