Everyone can be knowledgeable, but not everyone can be wise. You can be both wise and knowledgeable but you cannot be wise without being knowledgeable. In the past, we’ve had wisdom attributed to elderly people. But even from the Bible, we can see that wisdom is not measured in years or experience.
We see a display of wisdom from Esther is her approach to requesting of the king to spare her people. She didn’t just speak out her intention at the behest of the king. She by the help of God, we know, wisely created the perfect opportunity to make her request to the King. I must mention that Esther was young. Many of us, I believe, on this prayer challenge are older than Esther was at the time.
You see, our family needs to be both knowledgeable and wise. Even in this times that we live in, oh we need the wisdom that God give and I love what James 1:5 tells us – If any of you lacks wisdom [to guide him through a decision or circumstance], he is to ask of [our benevolent] God, who gives to everyone generously and without rebuke or blame, and it will be given to him. (Amplified)
One thing that strikes me is how God loves for us to be wise. How? Remember Solomon? What did he ask God for?
2 Chronicles 1:7,10-12 AMP 7That night God appeared to Solomon and said to him, “Ask what I shall give to you.” 10Give me wisdom and knowledge, so that I may go out and come in [performing my duties] before this people, for [otherwise] who can rule and administer justice to this great people of Yours?” 11 God replied to Solomon, “Because this was in your heart and you did not ask for riches, possessions or honor and personal glory, or the life of those who hate you, nor have you even asked for long life, but you have asked for wisdom and knowledge for yourself so that you may rule and administer justice to My people over whom I have made you king, 12wisdom and knowledge have been granted you. I will also give you riches, possessions, and honor, such as none of the kings who were before you has possessed nor will those who will come after you.”
Dear Heavenly Father, Give _______ and I wisdom and knowledge so we can perform our duties with integrity at home, work, school and wherever we find ourselves. As _______ go to school, learning new concepts and ideas, help them understand everything they are being taught. Dear God, give _______ and I wisdom at work to deal with honor and integrity, in a Christlike way, with people who have varying beliefs and ideas in Jesus Name. Amen.
Proverbs 2:1-7a ICB 1My child, believe what I say and remember what I command you. 2 Listen to wisdom. Try with all your heart to gain understanding. 3 Cry out for wisdom. Beg for understanding. 4 Search for it as you would for silver. Hunt for it like hidden treasure. 5 Then you will understand what it means to respect the Lord. Then you will begin to know God. 6 Only the Lord gives wisdom. Knowledge and understanding come from him. 7 He stores up wisdom for those who are honest.
Dear God my father, I believe all you’ve said. I trust you and I rely on you completely. I pray that _______ and I will not be comfortable with the wisdom we think we have. Lord I pray that ________ and I will always cry out to you for wisdom regarding every decision we have to make and I pray we will always seek you for understanding of what we have to do. Only you God can give_______ and I the kind of wisdom that is unquestionable and acceptable. Even what _______ and I know is nothing, nothing at all compared to that which you know and that is what we want. You all knowing and all wise God, give to _______ and I the wisdom, knowledge and understanding only you can give in Jesus Name. Amen.
1 Corinthians 1:25 NLT This foolish plan of God is wiser than the wisest of human plans, and God’s weakness is stronger than the greatest of human strength.
Proverbs 1:7 NLT Fear of the Lord is the foundation of true knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and discipline.
Dear God, you have my express permission to flush out every foolishness in the heart of _______ and myself that is making us look down on your wise counsel. Lord, may _______ and I never come to a point where we think that your ways, your instructions are foolish just because it doesn’t seem wise in the world’s eyes. I pray that _______ and I will embrace with all our hearts even the most foolish plans of yours for us and our family because we know it is wiser than the wisest of any human’s plan and leads us to fulfillment in Jesus Name. Amen.
Romans 11:33-36 AMP Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments and decisions and how unfathomable and untraceable are His ways! 34 For who has known the mind of the Lord, or who has been His counselor? 35 Or who has first given to Him that it would be paid back to him? 36 For from Him [all things originate] and through Him [all things live and exist] and to Him are all things [directed]. To Him be glory and honor forever! Amen.
Dear God, I acknowledge and confess that if _______ or I decide to take on the world career-wise, relationship-wise or in any other way on our own, we will only come so far. We know you are the creator of wisdom. In you wisdom, knowledge and understanding resides. Lord, help _______ and I to always remember this and never stop drawing from your well of wisdom, knowledge and understanding in all that we do. When ______, _______ and I are in different places, help us remember that you are always with us, ready to give us all the wisdom we desire in Jesus Name. Amen.
James 3:17 ERV But the wisdom that comes from God is like this: First, it is pure. It is also peaceful, gentle, and easy to please. This wisdom is always ready to help people who have trouble and to do good for others. This wisdom is always fair and honest.
Colossians 2:3 ERV In him all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge are kept safe.
Dear God, take away from _______ and I any form of wisdom that is selfish, wicked and dishonest. Put in _______ and I the purest wisdom that makes us gentle, peaceful, ready and willing to help, good, fair and honest in Jesus Name. Amen.
The wise woman builds her house [on a foundation of godly precepts, and her household thrives], but the foolish one [who lacks spiritual insight] tears it down with her own hands [by ignoring godly principles]. Proverbs 14:1 Amplified
Thank you so much for praying with us today. See you tomorrow.