God alone understands the way to wisdom; he knows where it can be found, for he looks throughout the whole earth and sees everything under the heavens. . . . And this is what he says to all humanity: the fear of the Lord is true wisdom (Job 28:23-24, 28).
He also says: If you need wisdom, ask our generous God, and he will give it to you (James 1:5).
Fear of the Lord and prayer are the way to wisdom.
When you don’t know how to deal with a situation, you can ask God for wisdom.
He gives it.
If you ask God for wisdom, believe He will give it (James 1:5-6).
Then learn to recognize what it looks like. The wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, open to reason, full of mercy and good fruits, impartial and sincere (James 3:17).
I have been driven many times upon my knees by the overwhelming conviction that I had nowhere else to go. My own wisdom, and that of all about me, seemed insufficient . . . One stormy night I tossed on my bed, unable to sleep as I thought of the terrible sufferings of our soldiers and sailors. I spent an hour in agonizing prayer. ~Abraham Lincoln
Wise leaders pray.
Two proverbs, one page: “Ask for understanding. . . . Do not depend on your own understanding (Proverbs 2:3; 3:5).”
Ask, but don’t depend. Why not?
God’s perfect wisdom trumps ours, every time.
God said, “What do you want? Ask, and I will give it to you (1 Kings 3:5)!” and Solomon asked for wisdom.
God says to you, “Ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it (John 14:14)!”
What do you ask for?
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.