Main point summary
Walking with God has taken you away from home and brought you trials. Find the joy of eternal life with Him today by asking Him for what you lack, wisdom. You can know that you have followed His wisdom by the evidence of your words, and actions towards others and self.
a James, a servant 1 of God and b of the Lord Jesus Christ, To c the twelve tribes in d the Dispersion: Greetings.
From James, To the 12 tribes in the dispersion: hello.
e Count it all joy, my brothers, 1 when you meet trials f of various kinds, for you know that g the testing of your faith h produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be i perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.
Assess to find the joy in trials. The testing of your faith produces steadfastness.Let steadfastness have its full effect so you can be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.
j If any of you lacks wisdom, k let him ask God, l who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him. But m let him ask in faith, n with no doubting, for the one who doubts is like o a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind. For that person must not suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; p he is a double-minded man, q unstable in all his ways.
Need wisdom to find joy? Ask God. Ask Him in faith. Asking with doubt is double-minded and unstable.
Let the lowly brother boast in his exaltation, and r the rich in his humiliation, because s like a flower of the grass 1 he will pass away. For the sun rises with its scorching heat and t withers the grass; its flower falls, and its beauty perishes. So also will the rich man fade away in the midst of his pursuits.
Asking for wisdom from God leads to exaltation for those who humble themselves and stick with God. Humiliation is for those who go elsewhere.
u Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive v the crown of life, w which God has promised to those who love him. Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am being tempted by God,” for God cannot be tempted with evil, and he himself tempts no one. But each person is tempted when he is lured and enticed by his own desire. Then desire x when it has conceived gives birth to sin, and y sin when it is fully grown brings forth death.
Asking God for wisdom leads to satisfaction for the one who remains with God because He is life. God does not lure you away from Himself. A person's own desire apart from God does that evil work.
Do not be deceived, my beloved brothers. z Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from a the Father of lights b with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change. 1 c Of his own will he d brought us forth by the word of truth, e that we should be a kind of f firstfruits of his creatures.
Asking God for wisdom leads to knowing Him. You can be deceived into thinking God is the one who will lure you away. Know that every good gift is from our life-giving and good Father. His own desire brought us forth by His word.
g Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person h be quick to hear, i slow to speak, j slow to anger; for the anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God. Therefore k put away all filthiness and rampant wickedness and receive with l meekness the implanted word, m which is able to save your souls.
Asking God for wisdom means putting away your many words and angry words when you feel like things are not right. Receive God's words.
But be n doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks intently at his natural face in a mirror. For he looks at himself and goes away and at once forgets what he was like. But the one who looks into the perfect law, o the law of liberty, and perseveres, being no hearer who forgets but a doer who acts, p he will be blessed in his doing.
Asking God for wisdom leads to action. After listening to God's words, you can do them and live in liberty or become a self-deceived non-doer.
If anyone thinks he is religious q and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his heart, this person’s r religion is worthless. Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: s to visit t orphans and widows in their affliction, and u to keep oneself v unstained from the world.
Therefore, asking God for wisdom leads to actions for self and others. If you hear these words and continue to speak much and live in self-deception, your faith means nothing. Pure faith leads to actions that show compassion and holiness.
What can praying look like from James 1 for an adult child who discards the wisdom of God? Father, may (child's name) count it all joy when she meets trials of various kinds for she can know that the testing of her faith produces steadfastness. I pray that steadfastness will have its full effect so she can be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. (Child's name) lacks wisdom. May she ask You for wisdom because You give generously to all without reproach. May (child's name) ask in faith, with no doubting, for she is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind. May (child's name) see that she will receive nothing from You when she practices being double-minded which makes her unstable in all her ways. May (child's name) know your blessings as she remains steadfast under trial, for when she has stood the test she will receive the crown of life, which You have promised to those who love You. May (child's name) know that when she is tempted and she says, "I am being tempted by God," that You cannot be tempted with evil, and that You Yourself tempt no one. May (child's name) know that she is lured and enticed by her own desire. May (child's name) not be deceived. May she know that every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from You, the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change. Of Your own will You brought (child's name) forth by the word of truth, so that she can be a kind of first fruits of Your creatures. May (child's name) be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger; for her anger does not produce Your righteousness. May she put away all filthiness and rampant wickedness and receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save her soul. May (child's name) be a doer of the word, and not a hearer only, thus deceiving herself. For if she is a hearer of the word and not a doer, she is like a person who looks intently at her natural face in a mirror. For she looks at herself and goes away and at once forgets what she was like. But may (child's name) be one who looks into the perfect law, the law of liberty, and persevere, being no hearer who forgets but a doer who acts. May (child's name) be blessed in her doing. May (child's name) know her religion is worthless when she does not bridle her tongue but deceives her heart. May (child's name) know religion that is pure and undefiled before You, God her Father. May she pursue acts of compassion and keep herself unstained from the world.