James 1:5 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.
There are things we can ask God for and He will give us because He promised He would. James 1:5 is one of those promises that is very clear. If I pray for wisdom, believing God will give it to me because He promised He would, I will be given some. How much? I don’t know, so I ask God for wisdom every morning! I believe that the volume of my praying determines the amount I will receive, much prayer, much blessing.
Ephesians 6:18 With all prayer and petition pray at all times in the Spirit, and with this in view, be on the alert with all perseverance and petition for all the saints.
Have you ever seen one of your kids acting like a fool, I am sure you have. How about your spouse, have you witnessed major stupid choices from them. Do you have some friends that you care about that are totally messing up their lives with some very unwise decisions? How do you help? I believe that what is promised for myself is also a promise in my praying for others. I think even more so because of the strong emphasis on intercessory praying and in meeting the needs of others before our own needs.
Philippians 2:3-4 Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves; do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others.
In the story that Jesus told about the prodigal son who was destroying his life because of bad choices, it says that “he came to his senses.” I wonder why. People in our life will come to their senses if we pray for them and ask God to give them wisdom. The more that we pray for wisdom for others the more God will give to them. As you witness those you pray for improving in the wisdom of their choices your faith will grow stronger and as it does your power in praying grows as well.
There are other promises like James 1:5 in the Bible; do you know what they are? We tend to pray about circumstances, but the emphasis in the Bible is to pray for people.