DEVOTIONAL: “The beginning of wisdom is this: Get wisdom, and whatever you get, get insight. Prize her highly, and she will exalt you; she will honor you if you embrace her. She will place on your head a graceful garland; she will bestow on you a beautiful crown.” Proverbs 4:7-9, ESV.
CHALLENGE: Seeking wisdom in prayer. This is not always easy thing to ask for. King Solomon asked for wisdom above all else and God blessed him with more (see 1 Kings 3). But what happens when we begin to rely on our own wisdom instead of God’s unending wisdom? Solomon lost half his kingdom due to his actions (1 Kings 11:11), or inaction when it came to praying.
“Wisdom is the ability to apply knowledge to a given situation. Making the best choices with the data you have.” The “data” we have is does not always help in making the best choices. This is where praying for wisdom comes in.
Kendrick writes, “Acquiring wisdom…is of ‘supreme’ importance. And praying is one of the keys that unlocks it. In fact, prayer yields wisdom, and then wisdom yields better prayer.” We need wisdom, Proverbs 4 tells us. We need it because we do not have any as humans. Our source of true wisdom comes from the Lord our God.
How often do we acknowledge God’s wisdom is better? How many times are we praying for wisdom in a certain area? “Pray for it often and expect it promptly. Ask for wisdom. Let it guide your praying, and enjoy its rewards.”