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Pray for wisdom

If you need wisdom, ask our generous God, and he will give it to you. He will not rebuke you for asking. But when you ask him, be sure that your faith is in God alone. Do not waver, for a person with divided loyalty is as unsettled as a wave of the sea that is blown and tossed by the wind. James 1:5-6 NIV

No one is sufficient by himself or herself to face difficulties in life. It is the Lord who is sufficient for those that placed their trust in Him. This is James’ admonition to everyone that acknowledges their insufficiency dealing with trials in life. We are urged to humbly come to God in prayer. How replete the Scriptures with the call to prayer because we need to practice and live expressing our dependence upon God. We have this great resource where we can tap to God’s generosity and richness. We should not waver in our belief that when we ask for wisdom, He will give it to us. Our God is a giving God. It is in His nature to provide to those who humbly ask for wisdom. When our prayers are based upon the fulfillment of His purposes and will for our lives, He responds. “And we are confident that he hears us whenever we ask for anything that pleases him. And since we know he hears us when we make our requests, we also know that he will give us what we ask for” (1 John 5:14-15). It is for our benefit that we gain in wisdom for in this manner alone that we understand God’s involvement and presence in our daily lives. Most of us pray when we face trials. The admonition James puts before us has to do with that for which we are praying. How do we respond when we are faced with difficulties in life? Do we pray for the trial to be lifted immediately, and there is nothing wrong with that. But has it occurred in our minds to pray for wisdom? Have we asked Him to help us make the right decisions during times of crisis in such a way that we bring glory to Him and leave a positive impact on those around us? Do not forget the promise when we ask God for wisdom; “He will give it to you. He will not rebuke you for asking.” “For the Lord grants wisdom! From his mouth come knowledge and understanding” (Proverbs 2:6).


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