One thing about God is that He is giving. Ask God for anything and He will grant you access to those things. Remember, as a part of Christ you are an heir to the kingdom, and what is Gods’ is yours. Just because you can not see it and just because it is not readily available does not mean it is not yours.
How many times have you gone to God with a prayer list that included a raise, a new car, college admission, more friends, a boo, followers, and other material things or possessions? Often times, you might not be asking for those things out of pure selfishness, but might ask for certain things out of fear. Fear that your bills will not be paid, fear that you will always be lonely, fear that you do not have a future, or fear that life will never get any better.
When you are constantly praying and making your requests known to God and have yet to receive them you often find yourself losing faith. As an heir you have access to all of God's promises. However, what are you praying for? The Bible says, “You do not have because you do not ask God. When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures (James 4:3)."
When you are making your request known to God ask yourself, "what does this have to do with God?" How can God be glorified from this blessing (addition) in my life? How can I serve God with what I am requesting?
In John 2:4, Jesus' mother ran to the Son of Man after some wine ran out at a wedding and said, "they have no more wine." Jesus then turned to her and replied, "Woman what does this have to do with me?" This if often God's response in prayer. Next time, before you step into the presence of the Lord ponder these questions?
Has God not already provided you with a way out of temptation? (1 Corinthians 10:12-14,
1 Samuel 11:13))
Has God not already answered this in His word? (2 Timothy 3:16-17, Hebrews 4:12)
Has God not already given you His commandments? (Psalms 119:4-8)
Has God not already provided you with this? (Psalms 119:169)
That is why you need wisdom. Proverbs 8 gives you insight on the Blessings of Wisdom. Wisdom is better than jewels and all that she provides is better than silver. All that you can desire can not compare with her. The Bible explicitly says any desire that you have can not compare with the desire to have wisdom.
Wisdom was here when God created the earth and the depths. It was with great wisdom that God created you. It is wisdom that is guiding your footsteps day by day.
If we do not know how to pray, one method to hear from God is asking God for wisdom and searching the scriptures for insight. The Holy Spirit is wise. The Bible say, “ the Holy Spirit helps us in our weakness. For example, we don't know what God wants us to pray for. But the Holy Spirit prays for us with groaning that cannot be expressed in words (Romans 8:26-27).”
One of God’s servants, Solomon, was known for his wisdom. At a young age, Solomon was called to be the King and he ruled with great wisdom, understanding, insight, and in love. Upon gaining his role as king, Solomon did not want to tarnish the empire his faithful father King David made. Thus, in a dream Solomon asked God, “Give your servant therefore an understanding mind to govern your people, that I may discern between good and evil, for who is able to govern this your great people?”
Solomon desired to know how to be a great ruler. Solomon was also young and had a lot to live up to as the successor of King David. Notice, Solomon did not ask for riches, his enemies to be destroyed respect from his people, a sexy queen, or all the land in Israel. No, Solomon asked God for an understanding mind and discernment, two characteristics of wisdom. Solomon knew God was very giving when he made his requests known and his request was with the right motives. Thus, He asked God for methods on how to use those gifts God pre-granted him as King.
Wisdom will help you understand what to do with what you have prayed for.
Wisdom helps you to wait with expectancy for what is yours as an heir to the kingdom.
Wisdom teaches you to have ears that listen, a mind that understands, and a heart that is obedient.
From now on, when you pray, pray the Bible. Read the word of God often and meditate on those words. Study those words so that “the words that became flesh (John 1:14),” Christ, can dwell within you, speak on behalf of you, and lead your footsteps. It is Christ, the Holy Spirit speaking and groaning on behalf of your needs. When you pray, stop venting to God and go into the presence of the Lord with thanksgivings. You are thankful because you know who God is. You are thankful because God has already met your desires exceedingly and abundantly. You just need to be ready and willing to receive them. You just need to know how to use what is already yours. Ask for wisdom.
Here are a few of wisdom’s characteristics found in Proverbs:
Fear of the Lord
Turning away from Sin
Love/ Intoxicated in Love