Aug 072013
 

Wisdom is powerful.

We talked about that last week.  Solomon, who was world renown for being wise, wrote many things about wisdom – one of the most powerful being:  “Get wisdom. Though it cost all you have, get understanding.” Proverbs 4:7

How to find Wisdom, then?

How to find Wisdom

A.S.K.

The cost was paid for us by Jesus’ death on the cross, however we still have a role to play.  Jesus told us this role in Matthew 7:7-8, and Luke 11:9-13.

Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.”

Our role is to Ask. Seek. Knock. (A.S.K.)

We’ll examine each part of this over the next few weeks. Let’s take a look at Ask first.

Ask

There are 2 things that asking requires of us. The first is the realization that we can’t find wisdom on our own. We need help. This is an act of humility.

“When pride comes, then comes disgrace,
but with humility comes wisdom.” Proverbs 11:2

Asking requires us to humble ourselves and realize we are not in control, we don’t know everything, and that we in fact are not god. One of the most difficult tasks in finding wisdom is humbling ourselves and realizing we don’t have it all figured out.  We like to think we can do things on our own and figure it out without God, but this just isn’t true. And until something knocks us off our feet and we humble ourselves, we can’t find wisdom.

The second is acknowledging the source of Wisdom.

“For the Lord gives wisdom;
from His mouth come knowledge and understanding.” Proverbs 2:6

Once we’ve humbled ourselves and realized we aren’t god, we must then acknowledge that He is.  We can’t find wisdom without Him. He gave up everything so that the Holy Spirit can dwell in us and teach us all things (John 14:26). And the Holy Spirit is ours for the asking.

If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!Luke 11:13

Finding wisdom starts here.  Once we’ve asked for and received the Holy Spirit (see Acts 2:38 for more info), we then need only ask for the wisdom we desire and need, through prayer.

Asking for the Holy Spirit is a one time thing, but asking for wisdom is not.  We don’t just go through the steps of humbling ourselves and acknowledging God and then have it all figured out.  It’s a daily (sometimes hourly) process we must go through to ask for the wisdom we need for each day.

This day is different and unique.  Our circumstances and viewpoints today might not be the same tomorrow. Asking God for His wisdom needs to be a routine habit of our first morning prayer.  We need it – and I’m so thankful it’s there for the asking!

“If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.” James 1:5

 

What wisdom are you asking for today?  Let’s pray for and encourage each other!

 

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Leave me a comment below or use the hashtag #AskingforWisdom so we can spur each other on as we seek God’s Wisdom for our everyday lives!

Click for part 2: Seek; part 3: Seek {part 2 in the World}; and part 4: Knock

 

 

  23 Responses to “How to Find Wisdom: Ask”

  1. Thank you for the reminder that wisdom is something that we need to continually seek. I think one thing I need to seek as far as wisdom is knowing the difference between Gods plan and my own.

  2. We used to sing a song about this passage in youth group…it was always one of my favorites. The message is one that I have come back to often in my life. Thanks for sharing. 🙂

    ~Lorelai
    Life With Lorelai

  3. I’ve read this scripture over and over again and have never put the acronym to it. Thank you for another great devotional. I’ve been having a rough week and I needed this.

    • Glad it helped you! Seems like its been a rough week for a lot of people (including me!). I never noticed it either until last week when I was praying through this Wisdom Wednesday series.

  4. James 1:5 is one of my favorite verses. I love verse 6 as well “But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed.” I think that’s so important to remember when asking. We have to have faith in Him and His timing and wisdom and not be tossed about by other people’s opinions and the world. Great post as always!! I love the acronym A.S.K.

    • James 1:6 is such a great verse!! I’m going to have to write on it soon. I think this verse is where the challenge lies for us today – especially as a part of the “Information Age”.

  5. I agree that asking for wisdom is a daily, and yes, sometimes hourly thing. And you are so right about needing to be humble. I think the more we grow in wisdom, the more humble we become too, because we’re more aware of our foolish behaviors.

  6. I really loved this and pinned it (My first Pin EVER!). Such a good reminder. I try and pray for wisdom a lot, because things get all fuzzy sometimes and I’m not sure if the right path. Thank you.

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  13. I loved your post! The A.S.K. acronym is something I had never seen before in the scripture! I love how God continues to show us new things in His Word. I also loved what you said about asking for wisdom needs to be a part of our daily morning prayer. I look forward to reading the rest of your series!

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