Yesterday in our Sunday School class we studied the book of James in the New Testament. James is likely the brother of Jesus, and his words resonate deep in my heart. I’m so grateful for scriptures that guide us and move us to act as this verse penned by James did to a young boy named Joseph Smith in the year 1820.
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. (James 1:5)
Elder Bruce R. McConkie, an Apostle of Jesus Christ said:
“. . . this single verse of scripture has had a greater impact and a more far reaching effect upon mankind than any other single sentence ever recorded by any prophet in any age. It might well be said that the crowning act of the ministry of James was not his martyrdom for the testimony of Jesus, but his recitation, as guided by the Holy Ghost, of these simple words which led to the opening of the heavens in modern times.
“And it might well be added that every investigator of revealed truth stands, at some time in the course of his search, in the place where Joseph Smith stood. He must turn to the Almighty and gain wisdom from God by revelation if he is to gain a place on that strait and narrow path which leads to eternal life.”
(Doctrinal New Testament Commentary, 3:246-47)
I am grateful for a Heavenly Father who hears and answers our personal prayers. He has answered mine and He will answer yours.
You can learn more about what Joseph learned when he asked God here: