Have you been praying for wisdom for the people you meet?

| February 8, 2018

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God has been challenging me in this area recently about praying for my clients and prospects. And I believe that I should share about it for everyone’s benefit.

While most of us will pray for wisdom for ourselves on a regular basis (if not, why havn’t you??), but how many of us actually pray for wisdom for the people you will be meeting and encountering? And this group of people includes your boss, your colleagues, your clients and even your enemies. If you think about it deeper, you should have no problem realizing just how important it actually is.

The equation is pretty simple. Firstly, God has already told us to pray for wisdom for ourselves.

“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. But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. That person should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. Such a person is double-minded and unstable in all they do.”
– Jas 1:5-7

And He has promised that He WILL give us wisdom if we pray and do not doubt. Thus if we are operating in God’s wisdom, it should mean that whatever we are proposing to our client, whatever work we give our boss, whatever advise we tell our friends and whatever response we have to our ‘enemies’, they should technically be the right thing to do doesn’t it?

However, if the person on the receiving end of what we do is not filled with God’s wisdom, he could possibly reject or fail to fully appreciate what we said or did. Therefore, it becomes obvious then, that we need to also pray for wisdom for them! Pretty obvious isn’t it? But how many of us actually take the time to do so?

While it may not be completely obvious, but I believe that the Bible does allude to this important point.

First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, 2 for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way.
– 1 Tim 2:1-2

“But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, 45that you may be children of your Father in heaven…”
– Mat 5:44

Why do we need to pray for our enemies? So that they will respond to us in a way that pleases Him! And the best thing is, even if we do not react or respond correctly at times, if the other party has God’s wisdom, things will still turn out better than if they did not have God’s wisdom.

And more than that, when we start praying for God’s wisdom on those we are encountering and interacting with, we will then also be challenged to think if we will still say or do whatever we had originally intended. Imagine if you are a salesperson and you are planning for an important presentation to a big client, and there are two options available with one being better for the client but reduced profits for you, and another with increased profits for you but less benefit for the client, if you prayed that God’s wisdom be on your client, how do you think it will affect what you plan to present and say?

I thank God for giving me this new revelation and reminder on how we can exercise our faith and demonstrate our love for others. When we start spending more time praying for others, it also opens our hearts to become more compassionate and have greater love for others rather than constantly looking at ourselves and what is in it for us. Thus, I hope that if God has somehow led you to read this article, you will also go away with the renewed understanding of prayer and like me, resolve to pray for wisdom both for yourself and for all those you are encountering. If God’s wisdom fills everyone we meet, you will in the end, have a much better day yourself!

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I have been a follower of Christ for more than 20 years now. Started from a Methodist church, then went on to a few charasmatic churches and again back to a Methodist church now. Thus I have experienced and seen a wide flavor of different denominations. Personally, I consider myself non-denominational as I can worship in many different styles. The important thing is that I follow the gospel and love Jesus. I am currently serving as a musician and a worship leader in my church. I believe that my calling is to help others enter into the presence of God through worship. I also enjoy teaching and discipling other believers, which is the main reason why this site was started. I hope to find other believers to join me in this cause to reach out and encourage other believers.

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