What does the Bible say about praying for wisdom?


Clarify Share Report Asked March 26 2020 My picture Jack Gutknecht

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Mini Tim Maas Retired Quality Assurance Specialist with the U.S. Army
In my opinion, the one Bible verse that most directly addresses the question is James 1:5, which states, "If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you."

God's pleasure at human requests for wisdom is recorded in other Scripture passages, as well. I particularly recall 1 Kings 3:5-14, in which Solomon asked God for wisdom so that he could rule well. God told Solomon that, because he had asked for wisdom (rather than for long life for himself, or for God to take the lives of his enemies), God would give him not only the wisdom for which he had asked, but riches and honor, as well (even though he had not asked for them).

The central theme to all such passages, however, is that the receipt of wisdom from God is integrally connected with seeking Him, since He is the ultimate source of true wisdom (as opposed to worldly wisdom or knowledge, which 1 Corinthians 3:19 refers to as foolishness in God's sight). As Proverbs 9:10 puts it, "The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding."

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