If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him. —James 1:5 (ESV)

I’m not sure what I would do without this verse. Lately, it seems every prayer I pray, whether aloud or silently, begins with the words “God, I need wisdom.” Wisdom to navigate relationships. Wisdom to handle situations at work. Wisdom to give wise counsel to those who ask it of me. Wisdom in what I write here.

The more I am asked to give counsel, the more aware I am of my need for God’s wisdom. I do not want God to say to me, like He said to a much better and wiser man, “Who is this that darkens counsel by words without knowledge?” Sometimes it makes me wish that I could refuse requests for counsel, yet I cannot.

And so I claim the promise.

I ask God for wisdom, and trust that He will give it generously.

Before I pick up the phone: “God, give me wisdom.” Before I write: “God, give me wisdom.” On my way to work: “God, give me wisdom.” When asked for counsel: “God, give me wisdom.”

Do you need wisdom today?

Then ask God, and He will give it to you generously and without reproach.

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