Sunday School: 9:30- 10:15am
Sunday Worship Service: 10:30-11:30am
Sunday Evening Youth Service: 5:00-6:00pm
Wednesday Youth Service: 6:30-8:00pm
( from The Battle Plan for Prayer published by Lifeway press)
You will notice that we are not spending time on the Prayer Strategy Target today. That’s because we will be incorporating it into every day of our devotions next week. For this last day of our week on praying specifically and strategically we are going to cover calling on God’s wisdom in our prayer life.
Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore, get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding (Proverbs 4:7). Not many things in this life come with this kind of endorsement. Whatever else you get. Whatever else you do. Yet anytime we hear this kind of heads up, we know something important is about to be said. And when God is the One who’s making the proclamation through His Word, you can be sire His advice in worth listening to and then acting upon.
How often do you pray for God’s wisdom in your life and in your decision-making process?
What is one upcoming decision or situation in which you need to pray for wisdom?
Acquiring wisdom, He says, is of” principal “importance. And prayer is one of the keys that unlocks it. In fact, prayer yields wisdom, and then wisdom yields better prayer. Wisdom is the ability to apply knowledge to a given situation. It gives you the ability to make the best choices with the data you have. To take what you know and make it work really well. To make you relationships with family work. To make you relationships with friends work. To make grand-slam, home-run decisions about your future.
Wisdom guides you to do the ethically right thing in the morally right way. It unlocks everything – things that used to seem like a mystery. When faced with dilemmas that once sent you swerving out of control, wisdom helps you locate the straight, sure path, so that “When thou goest, thy steps shall not be straightened; and when thou runnest, thou shalt not stumble” (Proverbs 4:12).
If you employ godly wisdom, you’ll be able to look back on vital moments of decision, and constantly see that you were protected from rashness and folly. Wisdom will help you see things from God’s eternal perspective, understand the cause and effect of a decision, and constantly learn from any situation. And God, knowing this promises to give wisdom to those who ask Him for it. That word “ask” in James 1:5, not only carries the idea of asking, but of begging, calling out for something, craving it. God promises wisdom” generously”- especially to those who” seekest her as silver, and searchest for her as for hid treasures” (proverbs 2:4). We should want it and want it badly.
He also says He’ll give it “without reproach”- without insult or condescension. Without making fun of us for being so foolish up until now. He wants us to win, He wants to give us what we need for being successful in our families, in our friendships, in everything we do – “being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God (Colossians 1:10). Because this gives Him glory. As much as He’s glorified through our spoken praise and worship, He is glorified also through our integrity, our honesty, our diligence, our humility, our purity, and out faithfulness. He is glorified by us being good sons, daughters, neighbors, classmates, teammates, and friends.
How does knowing that God longs to give you wisdom help you in the current situation that you were thinking of earlier?
For the Lord giveth wisdom: out of his mouth cometh knowledge and understanding.
As we close out the week, pray using this verse and ask for wisdom to help you navigate whatever difficult circumstances or important decision you’re facing.