“Wisdom is supreme—so get wisdom. And whatever else you get, get understanding” (Prov. 4:7 hcsb). Not many things in life come with this kind of endorsement. Whatever else you get. Whatever else you do.
Acquiring wisdom, He says, is of “supreme” importance. And prayer is one of the keys that unlocks it. In fact, prayer yields wisdom, and then wisdom yields better prayer.
Wisdom is the ability to apply knowledge to a given situation. To take what you know and make it work really well.
Wisdom helps the secrets of the whiz to take root in the hearts of the dumb. It guides you to do the ethically right thing in the morally right way. It unlocks everything—things that used to seem like a mystery.
It helps you see things from God’s eternal perspective, understand the cause and effect of a decision, and constantly learn from any situation.
He also says He’ll give it “without reproach”—without insult or condescension. Without making fun of us for being so foolish up till now. He wants us to win. He wants to give us what we need for being successful in our families, in our work, in everything we do—“bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God” (Col. 1:10). Because this gives Him glory.
One of the ways God has already answered any prayer for wisdom is with the biblical book of Proverbs—a huge collection of mostly short-answer sayings on the whole gamut of life, as seen from the perspective of both wisdom and foolishness. Every time you learn a new proverb, it’s like taking a giant smart pill or anti-idiot medicine.
In fact, discovering what’s “better” is a key takeaway of Proverbs, as with everything else the Bible teaches.
We can expect to attain on-the-spot wisdom from Him as we ask for it, apply it, and place a high priority on it. Praying for wisdom should become a daily habit and is also a source for developing our prayer strategies.
But God has put His name on the line if wisdom is something you really want (Prov. 2:6; 16:20; 3:24, 26 hcsb).
Pray for it often and expect it promptly.
Let it guide your praying, and enjoy its rewards.
For more, see chapter 24, The Battle Plan for Prayer.


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