I was in sixth grade when I developed a huge crush on a classmate named Grant. His presence made my heart flutter and my face flush.
I longed for the feelings to be mutual, and so my daily prayer sounded something like this: “Dear God, please make Grant like me.” If we happened to be in the same vicinity when I handed God this request, I’d often add a postscript: “I’m going to count to 10. If Grant looks at me before I stop counting, then I’ll know You’ve answered my prayer. Amen.”
The postscript backfired more times than I care to remember, and I’d count to 15 or 20 to give Grant more time to respond and give God the benefit of my doubt. How gracious of me!
My sixth grade prayer sorely lacked power and purpose. Sadly, many of our adult prayers fall into the same category because we’re too focused on our own wants and agendas to be in tune with God’s heart. Then we wonder why our prayers aren’t being answered as we wish!
Here’s a prayer that brings a guaranteed yes: “Father, please give me wisdom.”
When King Solomon began his reign , the Lord appeared to him in a dream and asked, “What do you want? Ask, and I will give it to you” (1 Kings 3:5). Solomon admitted his feelings of inadequacy for the task and replied, “Give me an understanding heart so that I can govern your people well and know the difference between right and wrong. For who by himself is able to govern this great people of yours?”
Solomon’s request pleased the Lord. He replied, “I will give you a wise and understanding heart such as no one else has had or ever will have” (v. 10,12).
Wow – God didn’t give Solomon just a pinch of wisdom. He gave him an entire truckload! How’s that for a positive answer to a simple prayer request?
I pray for wisdom every day…
- to know how to relate to my adult children and their spouses
- to know how to be a grandmother who leaves a lasting legacy
- to know how to be the best wife I can be
- to know how to use my time most effectively
- to know when to say yes and when to say no to the plethora of requests that come my way
- to know what to teach at women’s retreats and conferences
- to know what to write for my blog and newsletter, for articles and for books.
When I pray for wisdom, I know God will answer my prayer. He’ll do the same for you. He wants you to succeed in life, and He longs to give you the tools to do so. He doesn’t expect you to figure out life on your own.
Have a good day, my friend. Take a moment, if you would, to share what you need wisdom for today. I’ll pray for you.
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