A Direct Line to Wisdom

If God is all knowing and all powerful, then why should I pray? Does prayer make a difference? How will I know my prayers worked?

A Direct Line to WisdomWhile there are partial answers to these questions (I like to think of them as partial glimpses of God’s glory), the complete truth is found in Romans 11:33: “Oh, the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments and unfathomable His ways!” Or in short, we don’t fully comprehend.

The truth I do comprehend is that the Bible is filled with Scripture that implores us to pray. And in my limited understanding of God’s infinite wisdom I am called to have faith and demonstrate that faith through the obedience of praying. Even though I can’t fully comprehend it, God has declared that prayer is vital.

Let’s look at just a few of the Bible’s commands to pray:

“Rejoice always; pray without ceasing; in everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus” 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

My Sunday School teacher, mentor, and friend Marian Ashwill asks us often, “Who are you talking to throughout the day?” You know – that running monologue that goes on in your head? What if instead of having a monologue, you stayed connected to God through your thoughts all the day long? Tell Him what you are thinking! See how it changes your thought process!

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard you hearts and minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7

Fear and anxiety are suffocating. They steal our joy. There is a bold promise in the Bible – declare your request to God and His peace will guard you! So be faithful to pray!

“Therefore, confess your sins to one another, and pray for one another so that you may be healed. The effective prayer of a righteous man can accomplish much.” James 5:16

Pray for healing. Prayer can accomplish much. This can be tough to grasp because we don’t always see the visible, tangible results of our prayers. There isn’t always physical assurance that prayer is effective, but there is biblical assurance. I again lean on the fact that even though I don’t fully comprehend God, I can trust Him. His promises are good, and so I will have the faith to pray.

Talk to God throughout your day today. Ask Him for the desires of your heart. Pour out your hurts and fears to Him. After all, He is the source of all wisdom! The obedience of prayer is a sweet aroma to God.

About the Writer:
Caroline Moore is a wife and mom who loves Jesus. She also has a career in commercial real estate investing. God has given her a heart for encouraging other women. She and her husband, Eric, are the directors of the Fellowship Class, a young married Sunday School class, at First Baptist Dallas.

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Wisdom of God

Have you ever felt that life can be so hectic; it often feels like you are drowning? The numerous responsibilities that life brings can be overwhelming. It is in those busy seasons that I think about my grandmothers. I wonder how they managed to keep it all together. They did not have nearly as many of the modern conveniences that I have now and yet my memories of them and their homes are memories of peace and joy. I want that for my home and my family.

I am sure that when their kids were small like mine, they might have felt the same sense of exhaustion. But I also know that through the years, they learned that what is most important is making God a priority.

Wisdom is with aged men,
With long life is understanding. Job 12:12

Growing up, I witnessed my grandmothers consistently immerse themselves in prayer and Bible reading.Wisdom of God  Each morning, they did not leave their bed until they had read a scripture and passage from a devotional. Each evening, they did not get into their bed until they got on their knees to pray. My grandmothers understood that in order to make it through this world, they had to rely on the wisdom of God, which is found in His word and in relationship with Him.

As a child, I could not understand why they chose to spend so much time in these activities. But as an adult, I now see the importance of spending time in God’s presence and seeking His wisdom. All too often, we rely on our own understanding rather than relying on the wisdom of God. This leads us down a path of greater confusion and disappointment. I challenge us all to choose the good part, the one thing necessary, by investing time in prayer and studying God’s ultimate truth. This will give us the wisdom we need to navigate through life with grace and peace.

About the Writer:
Gabby Brown is a daughter of God Most High. She is married to her best friend and she is the mother of two amazing little boys. She leads the adoption ministry at First Baptist Dallas, and supports her husband in his role as teacher of the Growing Roots Sunday School class.

Serenity Prayer

Serenity Prayer

God grant me the serenity
To accept the things I cannot change;
Courage to change the things I can;
And wisdom to know the difference.

A popular prayer in many recovery programs. This prayer is not taken from scripture but certainly is based on it. Asking God for serenity (peace), accepting things we cannot change (contentment), courage, and WISDOM. Ah wisdom. It doesn’t come with age, it comes from the Lord.

I grew up seeing a wall hanging in my grandma’s bathroom with the serenity prayer on it and would read it every time I was there. At age 8 I had no clue what it meant and to be honest found it confusing. So why think this prayer is reserved for someone in recovery from addiction?

Whether you are in recovery, climbing the corporate ladder or a mom rearing children, wisdom is something we should all be seeking and asking the Lord to give us each day. I pray for wisdom, I pray to hear to His voice each day. Everyday we are faced with things we cannot do, nor were ever meant to do apart from God, and yet don’t ask for wisdom. We consult spouses, friends, or even Facebook, but who we should be asking first is the Lord–otherwise we may not get godly answers when we seek out wisdom from others.

What we can rely on is scripture. Scripture will never return void to us when we pray it.

Praying for serenity: “Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body; and be thankful. Colossians 3:15”

Praying for contentment: “Not that I speak from want, for I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I am.” Philippians 4:11

Praying for courage: “For God has not given us a spirit of timidity, but of power and love and discipline.” 2 Timothy 1:7

Praying for wisdom: “For the LORD gives wisdom; From His mouth come knowledge and understanding.” Proverbs 2:6

About the Writer:
Tamie is a stay at home wife and mommy of three kids with autism. She is a member of First Baptist Dallas and enjoys spending time hanging out at home with her family or a quiet dinner with girlfriends. Tamie is passionate about encouraging other woman in their daily walk with the Lord.

Tamie’s personal blog is about her journey rearing three kids with autism and the lessons the Lord is teaching her along the way.

Adjusting to God’s Wisdom

Have you ever found yourself in a mess? A mess of your own making? Sinful choices wreak chaos and mayhem in our lives, but maybe the mess is just a natural result of two opposing forces: desire and ability or human reasoning vs godly wisdom or our expectations and God’s plan for the situation. We pray, we ask God for direction, we look to His Word for guidance; but sometimes we still find ourselves in a pickle. Such situations often demand an attitude adjustment as the road we’ve set out on isn’t as smooth as we hoped. Having been in many such predicaments myself, I am very aware that not even the smallest of commitments or opportunities should be considered without prayer. However, I am also fully convinced that my frustrated or disappointed expectations for a situation aren’t reliable guides either. Thank God for His promise that if we trust in the Lord with all our heart and do not lean on our own understanding, if in all our ways we acknowledge Him, then He will make our paths straight (Proverbs 3:5-6).

God doesn’t control our ability to apply common sense, nor does He keep us from biting off more than we can chew. Nor does He promise that His “perfect” way is free of trials. Since God alone is capable of judging hearts and motives, and since no one can claim to rise above the depths of the heart’s deceitfulness (Jeremiah 17:9); it makes sense to talk less and listen more — to wait for the wisdom of the Lord (Ecclesiastes 5:1-3), to allow Him to prune and lead as He sees fit.

God knows us and our situation intimately. He charts the path ahead of us. He cannot be fooled by our flawed reasoning or our passionate convictions. In the end, we will each give account to Him (Romans 14:12 & 2 Corinthians 5:10). Therefore, He should be our judge and decision maker — not our own thoughts or the opinions of others.

So the next time you find yourself needing to make adjustments, consider and pray. For myself, this has become my prayer: “Lord make it my heart’s desire to stay within the boundaries of Your plan for me. Keep me and move me as You would.

Put me on trial, LORD, and cross-examine me. Test my motives and my heart. Psalm 26:2 (NLT)

About the Writer:
Lyndsay has been many things in her past, but no career, experience, or calling define her more than the desire to follow after Christ in response to His gracious work in her life. At present, she teaches movement classes and works as a wellness consultant in addition to raising her daughter to know and love the Lord.