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Holman Bible Dictionary
James urged those who pray to do so without doubting. This doubting is not so much intellectual doubt (Does God exist?), but doubt about commitment (Am I committed to this God to whom I pray? Will I make use of this wisdom for which I pray?). Such doubt is described as double-mindedness. The double-minded are unstable in all their ways, that is, they vacillate between following God's way and their own way (James 1:7-8 ). The solution to double-mindedness is to draw near to God who can purify the heart (James 4:8 ).
These dictionary topics are from the Holman Bible Dictionary, published by Broadman & Holman, 1991. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Broadman & Holman.
Butler, Trent C. Editor. Entry for 'Double-Minded'. Holman Bible Dictionary. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/eng/hbd/d/double-minded.html. 1991.