James 1:5 If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him.
6 But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind.
Our approach to the Father in asking for things determines our success; the manner in which we ask Him will determine whether we succeed in our petition.
Of all things that we can ask the Father for, James specifically focuses on wisdom, as he understands that it is the principal thing (Proverbs 4:7) and an important key to success in life. He assumes that the Christians would ask for wisdom if they are lacking it and pays specific attention to the manner in which they are doing so.
“It must be in faith,” he writes. The opposite of “faith” is “fear” or “unbelief”, and that could be the manner which some believers adopt: their asking stems out of an attitude of fear. It could be that they seek wisdom because they are afraid of “losing out”, or that they fear failure.
What drives us in our asking for wisdom forms the key to our success or failure in receiving. In other words, when we ask for wisdom, we ask knowing that it will empower us to accomplish, to succeed, to breakthrough, to become the solution to the problem that we face!