Praying Wisdom for Others

I asked about his job. I learned his project partner, an expert engineer, was quick to criticize, often tense and angry. My friend was discouraged, afraid that he might ruin God’s reputation, and his own, by responding in anger.

I said, “Pray for wisdom. God gives it.”

He said, “He’ll never change. It’s hopeless. ”

I remembered Paul prayed wisdom for others. We ask God to give you . . . spiritual wisdom and understanding (Colossians 1:9).

I prayed fervently for 3 days. On the 4th day, my prayer was answered.

Here’s his story: I was ready to explode at my partner, when the thought crossed my mind that I should ask him to mentor me. Now, instead of criticizing everything I do, he’s teaching me. I’m learning, and I love my job again.

God gives wisdom when we pray.

Marriage matters to God

Circumstances beyond their control are keeping a married couple apart. When my calendar announced their anniversary I breathed a silent prayer, “Lord, don’t you want them together on their anniversary? Marriage is important to you.”

The next day I heard that they will be reunited, on their anniversary.

Think about what matters to God when you pray. If you’re not sure what matters to Him, search the Scriptures.

Keep a prayer journal

Over two years ago I wrote, “Lord, could you give us a tangible reason for joy?” My prayer suggested six things God might like to do. It ended this way, “Of course you can. Will you?” 

Today I found that prayer. Four of my requests have been unmistakably granted.

Recorded prayers give concrete examples of the praiseworthy deeds of the Lord, his power and the wonders he has done (Psalm 78:4).