Do you only talk to Him when you have a need? Do you talk with Him throughout your day? Do you talk to Him when you wake up? Do you talk to Him when you are going to bed? Do you pray over your dinners?
How do you pray? How do you talk with God? Do you try to pattern your prayers after the Lord’s Prayer?
‘In this manner, therefore, pray: Our Father in heaven, Hallowed be Your name. Your kingdom come. Your will be done On earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, As we forgive our debtors. And do not lead us into temptation, But deliver us from the evil one. For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.’Matthew 6:9-13
I remember learning how to break it up from a visiting pastor where you can start by lifting up and praising God. Then praying for God’s will to be done in your life. Then to pray for provision for the day, what you have need of. Then for forgiveness of your sins as well as lifting up those you need to forgive. Then to pray for protection from temptation and the devil. Then praising Him again.
After reading the Mark Batterson books about the Lions (Chase The Lion and In a Pit With a Lion on a Snowy Day), my prayer life has changed and adjusted as I pray for wisdom and discernment to help me through the day and with the challenges that come my way so that I can accomplish His purpose and plans in and through my life. I then pray for protection and health so that as I am living out what He is asking of me and directing me that I will do it from under His protection through it all. It provides wisdom and discernment and removes the worry and fear because I will live my life in alignment with God and under His protection.
How about you? How do you talk to God? Are you looking to Him throughout your day to be able to accomplish His will while remaining under His covering? Are you looking to Him for wisdom and discernment? Are you asking Him for protection?
Having the Wisdom to Ask for Wisdom
MEMORY VERSE OF THE DAY:
‘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. ‘James 1:5
POINTS FROM THE DEVOTIONAL:
- Where do you turn when you are in need?
- Do you turn to consultants and coaches to try and meet your needs?
- Does it matter if it is something in your person vs professional life?
- Are you able to identify the need for outside assistance?
- Are you able to identify when you need feedback?
- Are you able to seek assistance when you need new ideas?
- Are you able to seek assistance when you need to be held accountable?
- Are you ready to turn to God for these needs?
- Where will you turn first?
- Will you turn to people or to God?
- Will you turn to books and articles or to God’s Word?
- Will you ask friends or ask God?
- Will you seek God or search the internet?
- Will you tap into the power of Jesus or will you try to do it completely with human power?
- Will you depend on God or will you seek books, workshops, and experts?
- He is waiting to provide you with wisdom, are you ready to ask Him for it?
- Are you ready to turn to God’s Word, the Bible, to find the wisdom you seek? you need?
- Today’s reading points to God’s promise when it comes to wisdom! not only will He give you wisdom but He will give it to you liberally and without reproach!
- If we will turn to Him and ask Him for wisdom, He will pour it out without any condemnation!
- Are you ready to receive such an incredible gift from God?
DISCUSSION TOPICS FROM TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:
- How is God’s promise to give us wisdom like and unlike hiring a consultant or coach?
- How do you need God’s wisdom to guide you today? Ask Him for it.
QUOTE(S) FROM TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:
“Wisdom is the right use of knowledge. To know is not to be wise. Many men know a great deal, and are all the greater fools for it. There is no fool so great a fool as a knowing fool. But to know how to use knowledge is to have wisdom.”— Charles Haddon Spurgeon
Today’s reading from Tanakh:
So where are you at? What are you facing? Are you ready and willing to ask God for wisdom? Are you ready and willing to receive and accept the wisdom? Are you ready and willing to respond to the wisdom? Let’s pray:
Did you pray with me?
Would you be willing to leave me a comment so that I can pray with and for you about such an incredible decision?
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