Thirsting for Wisdom

“Now, Lord my God, you have made your servant king in place of my father David. But I am only a little child and do not know how to carry out my duties. Your servant is here among the people you have chosen, a great people, too numerous to count or number. So give your servant a discerning heart to govern your people and to distinguish between right and wrong. For who is able to govern this great people of yours? 1 Kings 3:7-9

Considered the wisest man who ever lived, Solomon prayed this prayer for wisdom.

Now, we could never get to the same level of wisdom Solomon had based on our circumstances, but we can certainly pray to the same God Solomon prayed to.

In his prayer, he exhibits humility and a hunger for wisdom.

What does that hunger for wisdom look like?

Well, part of it’s related to the humility because you can’t go to God asking for something so intangible as wisdom without a hint of humility. You have to acknowledge that you don’t have all the answers. You may not even know all the questions.

I think you also have to be able to accept His answer for wisdom because it could go against conventional wisdom and logic. In other words, it might not make sense at the time.

I suspect someone also must be willing to step out in faith when called upon.

The Bible is filled with passages on seeking and finding wisdom.

Praying for wisdom is certainly a prayer you can pray in any situation with anyone at any time because we all need wisdom all day long. In fact, I can’t think of a situation we don’t need the wisdom of God.

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Christ Has Rescued Us

13 For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves, 14 in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins. Colossians 1:13

To finish off this section on prayer, we conclude with a powerful truth: rescued from darkness.

The more you read, the more you see the darkness in the world. Oh sure, there are many people doing good and great things, but in general, darkness is becoming more apparent.

Each generation thought the Day of Christ’s Return was imminent. Signs then clearly pointed to His return.

And yet He hasn’t.

We have an ever increasing set of end times scenario phenomena in 2021.

Worldwide digital currency.
Immediate worldwide notifications of events.
Vaccine passports.
Strong push for worldwide vaccination mandates
Evil men and women flaunting their sin.
Rumors of war.
Love of men growing cold.
Society being unable to trade or earn a living due to lack of vaccination (and/or) passport

Fortunately, Christ has rescued us.

If the world economic system were to collapse tomorrow, remember Christ has rescued us. No one can take that away.

Yes, we’d have to deal with the fallout from the crisis (or any crisis for that matter), but we live knowing that Christ has rescued us.

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A Grateful People

12 and giving joyful thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of his holy people in the kingdom of light. Colossians 1:12

The bottom line to this verses is simple, we’re going to heaven and there will one fantastic party with the rest of God’s people. Oh, and let’s be really happy about that!

Obviously, the theological nuances were not captured by that last paragraph because a lot had to take place in order for us to be a part of that large gathering, which is perhaps the Understatement of the Millennia.

Nonetheless, we are a grateful people because of the finished work of Christ.

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O The Strength You Will Need

11 being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience, Colossian 1:11

I’m returning to this verse because we didn’t discuss the most important part of it: strength.

It’s not merely strength-for-the-day kind of strength. When you have the power of the Almighty God giving you strength, now that’s some kind of power!

Let me step back for a second though. When we pray, we normally do not know how God works in it. In other words, when we pray for protection around someone we love, we don’t know how God engineers situations in that person’s life to actually answer that prayer. He could literally move 1000 situations around to make this happen. Same goes with peace, wisdom, patience, and even strength. How He does it and to what length He goes to do it is still a great mystery.

So, when you pray for someone to be wise in situations, one of the “byproducts” is strength, something from His glorious might.

Be confident, then, that when you pray for someone, God will move heaven and earth, as they say, to make it happen. Plus He’ll give that person an extra helping of strength as a bonus.

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Blessing Them with Patience

11 being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience, Colossians 1:11

Who needs power?
Who needs endurance?
Who needs patience?

Wait, what?

We’re all cheering at the first two but when Paul gets to patience, our cheers come to an end.

Patience is one of those traits that we actually have to endure to receive. But it’s one of the traits God wants us to have, mainly because we’re impatient.

Recall, though, that the ultimate in patience is God Himself. He is patient with us, with everyone around us, and with the entire world.

If we were to control the world for a day, we would have very little patience with the junk going on. Not God. He knows what’s best. God knows when to halt the evil and one day He will.

When you pray for wisdom and His will for others, one of the results is they would get patience without you even praying for patience for them. Here’s the entire prayer in context.

For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you. We continually ask God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all the wisdom and understanding that the Spirit gives, 10 so that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God, 11 being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience, Colossians 1:9-11

You might even say you’re blessing them with patience. They just don’t have to know it.

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