Ask God. That was always something I was told as a kid and into adulthood. Want something? Ask God. Have a problem? Ask God. But something I noticed as I got older… my prayers became more like Christmas lists. And God, turned into Santa rather than my King and Savior.
Don’t get me wrong, I love Christmas and its true meaning. Yall know that. But I am against what Christmas and, more importantly, prayer and God have become.
You see, it’s not that we shouldn’t ask God for things. Talk to God like He’s your dad and friend of course! But read what James says… “If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given to him.” Wisdom.
God loves us. He answers our prayers. He hears, gives generously, and knows what’s best for us. But allow me to suggest that maybe, if your prayer doesn’t seem like its being answered, the answer is asking for the wisdom to seek things that glorify Him rather than checking one more want off the ever-growing list.
Solomon knew this. He could have asked for anything in the world. Riches beyond imagination, jewels, kingdoms, victory at every battle, but instead he asked for wisdom. Another example would be Jesus himself. Every Easter we celebrate and remember His death on the cross, burial, and resurrection. But we often don’t touch on the fact that He asked God in the garden to take his coming pain. Here’s the difference and what makes His sacrifice and love so much more powerful… He ended that prayer with “Not my will but yours, Lord.” He knew Gods plan was greater than His coming pain. He knew discernment or wisdom should be priority.
Abba gives generously. We must seek His will and not our own. Seek and find wisdom and the rest will fall into place.