Who is a fixer? If you see a problem, you want to fix it. We want to fix problems we see, especially when it comes to problems our kids are having. We want to keep them from pain, difficulty, and hard times. However, there are times that we can’t (or shouldn’t) fix a problem for them because they need to learn something through it. Have any of you dealt with this?
In our own lives, there may be times when we don’t know how to handle a situation so we worry and stress about the problem and focus our prayer on how we can fix it ourselves, or ask God to fix it and perhaps get us out of it. Asking god to help us is fine, but realize that sometimes uncomfortable situations can sharpen us and teach us. God may want us to learn to pray for wisdom and knowledge, rather than ask for a fix. For example, when we send our kids off to school, we might pray “God, don’t let anything happen to them”. However, another approach is to instead pray, “God, give my kids wisdom to make the right choices today and respond to tough things in a godly way”. When we ask God for wisdom, it means we can learn something and make a change. We can ask God for many things, but when we ask for wisdom, He grants that and so much more. The antidote for our worry and stress is wisdom. Let’s learn from the example of King Solomon and sometimes ask for godly wisdom and knowledge when we pray. 2 Chronicles 1:7-12 says “7 That night God appeared to Solomon and said to him, “Ask for whatever you want me to give you.”
8 Solomon answered God, “You have shown great kindness to David my father and have made me king in his place. 9 Now, Lord God, let your promise to my father David be confirmed, for you have made me king over a people who are as numerous as the dust of the earth. 10 Give me wisdom and knowledge, that I may lead this people, for who is able to govern this great people of yours?”
11 God said to Solomon, “Since this is your heart’s desire and you have not asked for wealth, possessions or honor, nor for the death of your enemies, and since you have not asked for a long life but for wisdom and knowledge to govern my people over whom I have made you king, 12 therefore wisdom and knowledge will be given you. And I will also give you wealth, possessions and honor, such as no king who was before you ever had and none after you will have.”
What is something that you are praying for God to fix, such as an addiction problem, safety of a loved one, or a health issue? How can you refocus your prayer to ask for wisdom concerning the situation and how that might alleviate some worries? James 3:17 says “17 But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere.”It doesn’t stop with wisdom. God also provides us with other rewards and comfort similar to how he provided so much more to Solomon on top of wisdom. As you pray this week, look for ways to follow Solomon’s example and seek wisdom. Listen for the Holy Spirit to hide you to see areas where you need God’s wisdom. Ask God to bless you with wisdom in situations that you are facing, and to also grant wisdom for people you are praying for. Release your troubles to God and seek to act with godly wisdom.