James 4:7-10 Pray With A Humble Heart.
James concluded what was a tough section to receive, with grace. We were not left hopeless, given our sinful condition. If we truly humble ourselves, we can always be assured of receiving grace. “God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble (v. 6 Cf. Pr. 3:34). It is in light of those words that he now writes, “Therefore submit to God” (v. 7a). As he also wrote, sinful pride ultimately places one in league with the devil (Cf. 3:6, 15). Therefore, in submitting to God one must also resist the devil (v. 7b). If we do so we have this promise that he will flee from us (v. 7c). Likewise, if we draw near to God, He will draw near to us (v. 8a). However, in drawing near to God we must first seek grace (v. 6), because as sinners we must cleanse our hands, and purify our hearts, which is to say our inner most thoughts which show themselves in our deeds, must be cleansed and purified (v. 8b). We cannot be double minded about this (v. 8c). This means that we must come in humble repentance with faith in His mercy and grace (v. 9). If we humble ourselves before Him, He will lift us up (v. 10).