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Praying for Wisdom in Others

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,

Here’s the theme of wisdom again. Paul’s prayer is that they would be filled with the knowledge of God’s will. Who in this life doesn’t want to know God’s will. We all do, and we fail miserably trying to find it.

Wisdom is an interesting concept, isn’t it? Most of the time you don’t know you’re using it until it is after the fact. Life is constantly throwing us curve balls. We don’t just need wisdom for this situation; we need it for all situations because they all come under different circumstances with different people who have different ideas about right and wrong.

So, it would be nice to get wisdom to know what to say and have it for the rest of our lives, but it doesn’t work like that. That’s where we have to become dependent on God. He tells us to ask for wisdom and He’ll give it freely. In this prayer, Paul is asking God to fill others with wisdom. That’s what unselfishness is all about.

If you want God to bless you, pray for wisdom in others. It’s something He’s told us to do and told us how to do it (just pray). In the book of James, James tells us God gives that wisdom to us freely. What are we waiting for?

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