Wisdom & Prayer Are Not Opposed

“Wisdom is the principal thing; Therefore get wisdom. And in all your getting, get understanding” (Proverbs 4:7).

I think many evangelicals know that they should pray.  They rightly expect that God will lead them as they do so.  But they might struggle to affirm how important wisdom is.  Learning from situations, being trained in godliness by mentors, and especially having one’s mind and heart shaped by Scripture–this is what the “getting” of wisdom looks like.  It is unbelievably good for you and me.

So pray like the wind–and get as much wisdom as you possibly can.  It’s not wrong to be led by wisdom–it’s directly biblical.  Pray for wisdom, in fact–and then live according to it without shame or fear that you’re missing God’s will.  Why?  Because in Christ “God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control” (2 Timothy 1:7).


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