I often pray for wisdom (see James 1:5). Until I read this definition, I didn’t know all that I was asking.
~varied knowledge of things human and divine, acquired by acuteness and experience
~skill in the management of affairs
~devout and proper prudence in intercourse with men
~knowledge and practice of the requisites for godly and upright living
Our lack of understanding doesn’t limit God’s answers to our prayers.
*from Olive Tree Enhanced Strong’s Dictionary, definition of sophia.
Our son had driven our car to the airport and we were taking the El to pick it up. My husband said, “I hope Jonathan remembers to leave the parking ticket in the car.”
I responded by praying, “Lord, make Jonathan remember the parking ticket.”
Immediately Paul received this text: “The parking ticket is on the dashboard.”
Several of us prayed for safety as we helped our friends move from one place in the city to another.
We discussed these prayers, because during the move, one of us darted out in front of a car he hadn’t seen to stop a run away moving cart. The car screeched to a stop as the man’s hands landed on the car’s hood.
No one was hurt.
I don’t want to think about might have been if we hadn’t prayed.
Turn to me
I am alone
In deep distress.
Go from bad to worse.
Save me from them all!
Feel my pain
See my trouble.
Forgive all my sins.
See my enemies
They hate me.
Do not let me be disgraced,
In you I take refuge.
May integrity and honesty protect me,
I put my hope in you.
from Psalm 25:16-21 NLT
The demons cried out. They begged. Jesus responded with one word. “Go.” And the demons were drowned in the sea (from Matthew 8:28-33).
It’s not many words we pray, rather it’s the power of God’s response that changes the world.
A woman of God left this earth last week. Her life-long faith never faltered. Her love never ended. She didn’t just know her Bible. She lived it.
She knew she was dying of cancer, so she planned her funeral. This is last Bible verse she wanted read, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God (Philippians 4:6).”
Do you want to make a difference in the world?
“The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working (James 5:16).”