When You Lack Wisdom, Pray

Helen Brownson

READ : James 1:2-8

“If any of you is lacking wisdom, ask God, who gives to all generously and ungrudgingly, and it will be given you. But ask in faith, never doubting…” (vv. 5-6).

Of all the things for which we might ask, James suggests we ask for wisdom. If we think about it carefully, we know how many matters in our lives need heavenly wisdom the wisdom that is from heaven, “pure, peace- loving, considerate, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere” (3:17).

Our hearts cry for that wisdom daily. “How shall I answer my child? What is the best college for me to attend? Is it right for me to move to another job? How shall I direct my tithe and other gifts of charity? When should I retire? Whom should I trust with a confidence? What is God’s will regarding world conflicts? Which is the mission field where I should direct my prayers?” The questions are endless, and they come to us every day.

James notes the marvelous way to sufficiency in our great need: ASK! To receive the spirit of wisdom, the only thing necessary is to pray for it! He clearly promises that if we ask in faith without doubting, it will be given to us. Is there any greater encouragement for prayer in all of Scripture?


What a promise, Lord! Help us to claim Your wisdom for our lives every day. In Jesus’ name. Amen.