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. Such people should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. Their loyalty is divided between God and the world, and they are unstable in everything they do. James 1:5-8 (NLT)
If I need wisdom? Is that a joke or a trick question? Why do you say that? There is no “if” about it. I desperately need wisdom. I don’t need just a little bit of wisdom here and there. There isn’t a day that goes by that I don’t need wisdom. What has convinced you of that fact? I have made so many mistakes. I have taken so many missteps. I have gone left when I should have gone right. I have stayed put when I should have moved forward. I have started when I should have stopped. Life and all it difficulties and trails has shown me one thing. What’s that? I desperately need wisdom. I don’t need the best wisdom that the world offers either. What’s wrong with worldly wisdom? I have more than enough worldly wisdom. My abundance of so called worldly wisdom is what has led to my many mistakes and missteps. Worldly wisdom stands in direct opposition to you. Worldly wisdom is sinful, self-centered, and self-sufficient. Worldly wisdom has led me to think that I can rely on myself. Worldly wisdom has convinced me that I don’t need to come to you to ask you for your wisdom. That is a terrible mistake. Yes, I know that now. At least you have learned that you need my wisdom. Yes, I have no doubts about that. That’s good.
So, I’m going to live my life differently. How so? I am not going to rely on myself. I am not going to proudly think that I have all the wisdom that I need. I am going to confess and admit that I desperately need your wisdom. That is a good start. I’m not stopping there. Tell me more. I am going to come to you every day to ask you for your wisdom. Some days I’m even going to ask you to show me what kind of wisdom I need. What do you mean by that? There will be days, I’m sure, when I won’t even know how to pray for wisdom. I will need your wisdom to even know how to pray. Yes, you will. I will guide your prayers. I believe that you will guide my prayers. What else do you believe? I believe that you will hear and answer my prayers. I believe that you will generously give me all the wisdom I will need when I come and ask you for it. Yes, I will. You can be sure of that. Thank you so much for hearing and answering my prayers for wisdom.
Lord, the difficulties and trials of life have clearly shown to me that I lack wisdom. I cannot rely on myself. I desperately need your help. I do believe that you will hear and answer my prayer. I do believe that you will generously give me all the wisdom I need. Amen
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