Are you facing tough situations, and you have no idea what to do? If so, I invite you to pray a simple prayer with me today: “Lord, help me to KNOW wisdom!”
One of my assignments this year from the Lord is to read the book of Proverbs ten times.
Years ago, I didn't get much out of Proverbs. I'll be honest with you.
The words seemed confusing, and the verses felt like they were all over the place. One verse about one topic, the next verse about a completely different topic. I read it because it's the Bible and you're supposed to, but I didn't really enjoy it–and certainly didn't get much out of it.
That was then.
But you know what? As time went on, I began reading it more and more. And the strangest thing happened: the more I read Proverbs, the more of it I understood. The more I slowed down to meditate on each verse, the more WISDOM began to stand out to me. So I started to love Proverbs.
Last year, however, the Lord had me really start to dig in DEEP with Proverbs. Reading, diagramming, color-coding, making lists of its points. And that is when I began to see that …
Holy Spirit preached the Kingdom of God in the book of Proverbs long before Jesus ever came to earth to preach the Kingdom in person.
Seriously. Every time I have read Proverbs in the last year and a half, I can barely breathe. The WISDOM you find there. The depth of the riches of the knowledge of God. The glimpses of Heaven you see–only glimpses but oh so valuable–knock my socks off, proverbially speaking. 🙂
And so as I'm reading it through again and again (I've read it through twice since around the first of December, but only once so far in 2021, and my mandate is to read it ten times in 2021), I keep getting slower … and slower … and slower at it …
Because every time, I see revelation and practical instruction for living that I never noticed before.
And I need it. Oh, how I need it.
The Bible tells us that increased responsibility comes with increased blessings. And the Lord has blessed me and my family and this ministry so much over the last few years. I'm super-grateful; words cannot express how grateful I am for every opportunity He has given me.
But stewarding these things puts a holy fear and trembling in me, let me tell you.
So I have slowed down a lot. Where I used to just ask, “Lord, please give me wisdom today!” … now I agonize over wisdom daily.
I believe the Scripture that says:
“If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him.
But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind. For let not that man suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways” (James 1:5-8).
And I claim this promise for wisdom daily. But in the past, I tended to be a lot more cavalier about it than I am now. Now, I feel the weight of responsibility–from my marriage to my child to our finances to our home to this ministry, and everything else–so keenly. And daily I agonize over wisdom.
When I say, “I agonize over wisdom,” I don't mean I pray in doubt or unbelief.
No, I know God will give me wisdom if I ask. But before, I tended to be quicker in assuming my first instinct was wisdom. Now I am learning to wait on the Lord–attending Him and sitting before Him in prayer and study–knowing I have wisdom but testing every decision more thoroughly to ensure that it is based in wisdom.
And I believe this is godly.
We should all yearn and crave to know wisdom–to know the counsel and instruction of the Lord.
None of us can live without wisdom if we are to have any measure of blessing or success at all. We certainly cannot know God without wisdom, for the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. Long story short, we all should be seeking wisdom from the Lord daily–and with all our hearts.
As it says in Proverbs 4:5-7:
“Get wisdom! Get understanding! Do not forget, nor turn away from the words of my mouth. Do not forsake her, and she will preserve you; love her, and she will keep you.
Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom. And in all your getting, get understanding.”
And that brings us to our text for prayer today:
“The proverbs of Solomon the son of David, king of Israel:
To know wisdom and instruction, to perceive the words of understanding, to receive the instruction of wisdom, justice, judgment, and equity;
To give prudence to the simple, to the young man knowledge and discretion—a wise man will hear and increase learning, and a man of understanding will attain wise counsel, to understand a proverb and an enigma, the words of the wise and their riddles” (Proverbs 1:1-6, emphasis mine).
When I read the passage above from Proverbs 1:1-6, I read it as a prayer. I hear these words as a heart-cry: “To know wisdom and instruction! Oh Lord, to KNOW Your wisdom! Please, I pray You, help me to know Your wisdom and instruction!”
Of course He will give us wisdom when we ask, but I want the Lord to take me deeper in wisdom; don't you?
If you're running a family, parenting a child, running a company, seeking a job, leading a church, or making a big decision of any kind, how you need wisdom! We all do! And not just to have it, but to know it!
In the Bible, the word “know” is never just an intellectual knowing. It's deep and intimate.
In the Scriptures, we read that Adam “knew” his wife, and she conceived and bore a son. Get it? That's not an intellectual knowing. It's experiential knowing. And THAT is the ONLY Hebraic conception (no pun intended) for knowing. If you know something, you know it THAT well. No ifs, ands, or buts.
So if we read Proverbs 1 with that in mind, we suddenly read, “To know wisdom and instruction!” and it takes on a whole new meaning.
Don't you want wisdom like that? I know I do.
I want to KNOW God's wisdom and instruction. I want to know it deep down, at the gut level–in the deepest fibers of my being. And the only way to get that wisdom is to:
- ask Him for it;
- believe that we have received it; and
- test everything against His Word to ensure that our discernment is correct when we go forth to move in wisdom.
Would you like to pray with me today for that “knowing” level of wisdom?
If so, pray this:
“Dear Heavenly Father, thank You for this day. Thank You for being my Dad, my Father, my Abba, my Papa. Thank You for loving me and taking care of me, and thank You for giving me Jesus as my Savior and Lord. Thank You for saving me, Father, and for making me Your child.
Father God, Your Word says that, if I lack wisdom, I can ask You for wisdom and You will give it to me.
So Father, in Jesus' name, I ask today that You would give me wisdom. I claim Your promise, and I know that You are answering my prayer right now. Please help me to know what to do and when to do it today and every day, and teach me how to live.
But even more, Father, I ask that not only would You give me wisdom at a surface level, but that You would teach me to know Your wisdom and instruction at the very deepest level possible.
Father, I want to KNOW wisdom. I want to know what pleases You in every way.
I want to walk as pleasing to You daily, never messing up or making mistakes because You are with me. Please help me, Father:
- Help me to KNOW Your holy wisdom and instruction.
- Fill me with Your Spirit of the fear of the Lord, which is the beginning of wisdom.
- And help me to obey You in all things; to walk worthy of the divine calling with which You have called me.
Thank You, Abba Father. Thank You for hearing and answering my prayer. You are not a man, that You should lie; so I thank You that I have received the wisdom I have requested from You.
In Jesus' mighty and precious name I pray, amen.”
Beloved, if you prayed that prayer, our Father has given you wisdom.
That doesn't exempt you from testing your discernment according to the Word; you still need to move carefully and test everything against God's written Word, the Bible. But as you do, know that Father God will help you to make the right decisions every day–day in and day out. Live in the instant with Him, and He will continue giving you the wisdom you need.
Thank You, Abba Father!
Beloved, is this an on-time word and prayer for you? Is Holy Spirit speaking to your heart? If so, leave a comment below! I love hearing what the Lord is saying to YOU!