She was alone and afraid. The night before, she had made a tough but courageous medical decision but now, as early daylight began to seep into her hospital room, fear came with it. She prayed, asking God to send her something to encourage her. Almost immediately a doctor came into her room and sat by her side. “I was not scheduled to see you until later today, but something prompted me to come now,” he said. He was literally Heaven-sent!
“If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him.” (James 1:5)
There are times when it is appropriate to pray for rescue, for healing, for money, for material things. It is always appropriate to pray for wisdom. When we ask God for wisdom, He gives generously, not grudgingly and He doesn’t hold it against us that we need to ask.
But what is wisdom?
“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom; all who follow his precepts have good understanding. To him belongs eternal praise.” (Psalm 111:10)
Fear of the Lord is not like fear of spiders. This kind of fear is an attitude of profound respect and reverence, combined with humility. The captain of a nuclear submarine isn’t afraid of the sub, but must “fear” it; he must maintain a humble awareness of her power and a respect for doing things the right way. Or else! Fear of the Lord is similar. It’s a profound respect for the power, sovereignty of God, a humble attitude that acknowledges His unlimited understanding. When you come with that attitude before God, asking Him for wisdom, it is a prayer to understand what He sees, a prayer for guidance to do things the right way.
God hears a prayer like that and answers it generously, without finding fault. Sometimes He simply shows us, giving us new insight and peace. Sometimes He sends a doctor.
Quotes: The Holy Bible : New International Version. 1996, c1984 (electronic ed.). Grand Rapids: Zondervan.