Do you need wisdom?
Have you found yourself in a situation in life where you just need wisdom? Where you don’t know what to do, you don’t know which way to turn? Has your boss asked you to do something that might be unethical, but you’re not sure? Or maybe your boss has asked you to do something that isn’t necessarily unethical, but you’re just not sure if it’s a good idea. Or you have an issue in your family, that’s really difficult to deal with and instead of just bull-dozing ahead and ruining any chance of restoration, you want to seek wisdom in the best way to do it. Here’s a great promise for you:
They called on God for strategic wisdom.
If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.(James 1:5)
I pray this prayer a lot. A LOT! I’m always asking God to give me wisdom. I ask for wisdom in leading my family. I ask for wisdom in leading our church. I ask for wisdom in conversations. I ask for wisdom in conversations with people in my 8 to 15. I ask God to give me wisdom. And He has proven faithful. There have been so many times when God has led me to a decision or an idea that was very clearly of God. I know this because it wasn’t something I would have come up with on my own. But, through conversations with wise people and lots of prayer, God has led me to those conclusions.
This is what we pray for our church, and we are all praying specifically for our church during this time of Pray Through Pentecost. We are praying that God will give us wisdom. That’s what this prayer is. We don’t want to just plow ahead and hope we’re moving in the right direction. We are seeking God to lead us, to show us what we need to do now to be ready for what God has for us next. And we are asking God to show each of us what our role should be in that.
So, today, I just encourage and implore you to seek wisdom from God. To set your mind on things above, not on earthly things. Seek wisdom from God for your life, for our church and for the lives that need to be touched through our church. Set your mind on those things that have eternal implications. Set your mind on God’s word and seek His wisdom there. Humble yourself in times of worship, and allow His wisdom to come to you as you are in a place where you don’t be getting in the way of what He wants to share with you.
And the promise is, God – who gives generously to all without finding fault, will give it to us. Seeking God’s wisdom aligns us with God’s mission. And that is above thinking. And that is exactly where we need to be.
The Three for Morning, Afternoon and Evening.
“Now for Next” Prayer
What do we need to do now as a church to be ready for what God has for us next.
“What’s My Role” Prayer
Pray for God to show us the role we will play individually in accomplishing that mission.
For this reason I kneel before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name. I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.
Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.