If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him. But when he asks, he must believe and not doubt, because he who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. That man should not think he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all he does. James 1:5-8 (NIV)
Asking For Wisdom
There is no doubt about it. There is no doubt about what? There is no doubt that I lack wisdom. Nothing can hide that fact. Why is that? I have left a trail of dumb decisions and foolish mistakes. Like what? I have gone where I should not have gone. I have done what I should not have done. I have failed to go where I should have gone. I have failed to do what I should have done. Why have you not asked me for wisdom? There is an easy answer to that question. Let me hear your answer. My own foolish pride has kept me from asking you for wisdom. It is very difficult to ask for wisdom if you are not willing to admit that you need it. I have pridefully and foolishly and stubbornly refused to ask you for wisdom. That’s not good. No, it’s not.
What will you do now? What will you do because you now know that you desperately need wisdom? What will you do because you now know that I will hear and generously answer your prayers for wisdom? I will humbly admit that I need wisdom. With a heart full of faith, I will come to ask you for wisdom. Why is that important? I also know that you will not answer doubt filled prayers. If I pray prayers that are filled with doubt, I should not expect that I will receive anything from you. If I am going to pray a prayer filled with doubt, I might as well not pray at all. Why is that? You will not hear and answer prayers that are filled with doubt. No, I will not.
So, you are going to do three things. You are going to admit your need for wisdom. You are going to pray a faithful filled prayers asking me for wisdom. You are going to wait with faithful expectation that I will hear and generously answer your prayers, is all of this correct? Yes, Lord. That is exactly what I will do. That is exactly how I will pray. That is exactly what I will believe, without a doubt. That is very good. I will hear and generously answer your prayers asking me for wisdom. Thank you, Lord.
Lord, I have been filled with pride. I have thought I was quite wise. I have foolishly relied on my own limited wisdom. I have made dumb decisions and foolish mistakes. No more. With a heart filled with faith, I am now asking you for all the wisdom I will need in life. Amen
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