Praying For Wisdom
I want us to find the book of James, chapter one, the book of James chapter one. We're going to be talking today about how to pray for wisdom, how to pray for wisdom. James chapter one, beginning in verse one. James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, to the twelve tribes which are scattered abroad, greeting. My brethren count it all okay when you fall in to diver's temptation; knowing this that the trying of your faith worketh patience, but let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire wanting nothing. If any of you lack wisdom let him ask of God that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him. But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering, for he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with wind and tossed. For let not that man think that he shall receive anything of the Lord. A double minded man is unstable in all of his ways. How to pray for wisdom. Sooner or later you're going to face one of the tests of life, that's what James is talking about here when he says count it all joy when you fall into diver's temptations, uh, in verse two. The word temptation there does not mean a solicitation to do evil, but it means testings, trials, heartaches, difficulties. And misunderstandings, they're going to happen to you and in order for you to pass this test it's going to take more than knowledge.
Now, if you're in school and you have to pass a test then you can study for that test and you pass that test with knowledge, but this is a test that you're going to have to pass with wisdom and you can have a head full of knowledge and fail this test. It will take the wisdom of God to pass this test. And so, after James talks to us about the trials, the temptations, the falsities, of life then he talks to us about wisdom, what it is and how to get it and how to pray for wisdom. I want you to pay attention because sooner of later you're going to be asked, uh, to uh, ...
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