PRAYING FOR WISDOM
- Does God give kids wisdom?
- Can God make a kid wiser than an adult?
- When should I ask God for wisdom?
- Can praying for wisdom really help?
- What should I pray for?
- How can I know if God hears my prayers?
Let’s Hunt For Answers In The Treasure Chest
“Give me the wisdom and knowledge to lead them properly, for who could possibly govern this great people of yours?” ~2 Chronicles 1:10 (NLT)
Cultivating Dynamic Devotion
The primary goal of wholehearted devotion is to know God, which opens to the benefits of His blessing.
Seek God; ask for His wisdom to complete the task that lies before you. He will honor you as you seek to honor Him.
Teach us to number our days carefully so that we may develop wisdom in our hearts. ~Psalm 90:12 (HCSB)
Life is too short to waste time. Understanding this will cause us to apply our hearts to wisdom instead of folly. We need to be about our Father’s business.
Cry out for insight, and ask for understanding. ~Proverbs 2:3 (NLT)
This isn’t describing a passive search; this is talking about wholly seeking after knowledge and understanding. Therefore, those who claim they have sought and haven’t found are simply indicating to those who know these truths that they were not completely committed to their goal, or they would have obtained it.
[For I always pray to] the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, that He may grant you a spirit of wisdom and revelation [of insight into mysteries and secrets] in the [deep and intimate] knowledge of Him, ~Ephesians 1:17 (AMP)
Notice that Paul didn’t pray that God would give them more and more things, but rather that they would get a revelation of what had already been freely given to them in Christ.
The Christian life is not an attempt to get more faith, more anointing, or to get closer to the Lord. We already have these things in their fullness. We just need a revelation of what is already ours.
Understanding this takes a lot of frustration and doubt away. It’s much easier to release something we already have than to try to get something that we don’t have.
And why would any of us doubt that we would receive what we already have?
Through Christ, we are already blessed with all spiritual blessings. All we have to do is appropriate what is already ours, through the renewing of our minds. That’s exactly what Paul was praying for these Ephesians. Insert your name in this prayer and get ready to receive.
So ever since we first heard about you we have kept on praying and asking God to help you understand what he wants you to do; asking him to make you wise about spiritual things; ~Colossians 1:9 (TLB)
These people were already born again. They had discovered that part of God’s will. But Paul was still praying for them to be filled with the knowledge of God’s will.
Therefore, it’s clear that there is much more to salvation than just being born again. And not only is there much more the Lord has for us than just the forgiveness of our sins, but there are vast stores of wisdom and understanding needed to properly enter into and fulfill God’s will. Even toward the end of Paul’s life, he was longing to know Jesus more.
If you want to know what God wants you to do, ask him, and he will gladly tell you, for he is always ready to give a bountiful supply of wisdom to all who ask him; he will not resent it. ~James 1:5 (TLB)
If we are in the midst of a trial and don’t know what to do, we can ask God for wisdom and He will grant it unto us. And He does it without scolding. This is very important because most of the trials we encounter are self-inflicted. They are due, at least to some degree, to some misstep on our part.
If we feel God is angry with us, we might fail to seek His wisdom, thinking we are just getting what we deserve. But that’s not the way the Lord is. If we are in trouble, we can ask for His help and wisdom and He gives it without scolding. Thank You, Jesus!
The Walk Of Faith
Faith is to be expressed through good works. Faith is not simply an idea separate from real life. Rather, faith is to produce in us right living, right motives, right thinking, and right relationships. Our good works confirm that faith is alive and active in us. Seek to live your faith daily in practical ways.
Freely ask for wisdom. Be assured God will give it in abundance.
Lots of people have asked God for wisdom and gotten it. Don’t be timid. God will give you wisdom, too. All you have to do is pray for it.
Andrew Wommack’s Living Commentary
The Treasure Study Bible