Yesterday I wrote about the first prayer request that God will always answer for those who are sincere and love Him. That first request is for strength, God is infinitely powerful and He loves to give His strength to those who ask, and the more we ask the more we receive. Paul commanded Timothy to be strong, he commanded Titus to be strong, Moses over a dozen times commands Joshua to be strong. Samson is a great story about the victories of a strong man put in the Bible to inspire us. Who cares how tough life is if we have supernatural strength from God.
A second guaranteed answer to prayer is the prayer for wisdom. James 1:5 says, “But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him.” Now that is a cool promise. Proverbs 2:3-5 says, “For if you cry for discernment, lift your voice for understanding; If you seek her as silver and search for her as for hidden treasures; then you will discern the fear of the Lord and discover the knowledge of God.”
I define wisdom as “knowing what to do and say in any situation in which God sovereignty puts us in, ” When it comes to fixing things and making situations positive nothing is so valuable as wisdom. We all attempt to change the world into a more functional place, but so many people keep making stupid choices and decisions that chaos reigns.
When Solomon asked for wisdom from God he was filled with God’s wisdom almost immediately. In the context of the story, it says that Solomon’s request pleased God, and when we repeatedly ask for wisdom, God gives it to us.
Besides much asking there are two requirements to much wisdom coming from God into our minds. The first is humility; that is, we regard ourselves as being dumber than a fence post and desperately needing more wisdom.
The second is that we are “wisdom seekers,” always reading, asking questions, and learning from others. Proverbs says that if we seek wisdom like gold, we will find it.
Think about my definition, “knowing what to do and say in any and every situation, ” that sounds so powerful, so influential, so in charge instead of being a victim.