Saturday, January 31, 2015

Sunday Scripture Reading: James 1:5-6 ~ "But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God who gives to all generously..."


Annie called last night. Tearfully she said, "You always know what to do. I wish I had your knowledge how to pray." 
 
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Luca_Giordano_-_Dream_of_Solomon_-_WGA09004.jpg"It's not knowledge."

"You know so much about the Bible. I pray, too," she continued, " but He just doesn't answer."

"Let me help you. Do you remember the story of Solomon?" I read it to her.  

"The Lord appeared to Solomon in a dream at night; and God said, “Ask what you wish Me to give you.”  

Then Solomon said, “You have shown great lovingkindness to Your servant David my father, according as he walked before You in truth and righteousness and uprightness of heart toward You; and You have reserved for him this great lovingkindness, that You have given him a son to sit on his throne, as it is this day. Now, O Lord my God, You have made Your servant king in place of my father David, yet I am but a little child; I do not know how to go out or come in. Your servant is in the midst of Your people which You have chosen, a great people who are too many to be numbered or counted. 

So give Your servant an understanding heart to judge Your people to discern between good and evil. For who is able to judge this great people of Yours?”

It was pleasing in the sight of the Lord that Solomon had asked this thing. God said to him, “Because you have asked this thing and have not asked for yourself long life, nor have asked riches for yourself, nor have you asked for the life of your enemies, but have asked for yourself discernment to understand justice, behold, I have done according to your words. Behold, I have given you a wise and discerning heart, so that there has been no one like you before you, nor shall one like you arise after you."

I do not always know what to do. But when I pray, I ask the Lord for wisdom, to give me the courage to apply that wisdom, and to be in His will. I ask this every day, sometimes more than once. This is not because I am well-educated, or have worldly knowledge, or know the Scriptures. It is because many years ago I asked the Lord for a discerning heart, and He has given it to me. And I have walked with Him all day long, and He with me.

Asking for wisdom from the Lord is really easy: He gives it to you. Living in His wisdom is difficult unless you are willing. So perhaps while you are praying for wisdom, you may want to pray for the courage to abide in Him.  He is pleased when we walk in righteousness. 
 
"But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him. But he must ask in faith without any doubting, for the one who doubts is like the surf of the sea, driven and tossed by the wind."


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