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#2.2 ASK GOD FOR WISDOM AND UNDERSTANDING, IN JESUS NAME, IN FAITH

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This bible study gives scriptures to show that we should ask God for wisdom and understanding in faith, in order to get them.

#2.2 ASK GOD FOR WISDOM AND UNDERSTANDING, IN JESUS NAME, IN FAITH

MATTHEW 7:7-8 (Jesus)
7 Ask1, and it shall be given you; seek, and you shall find; knock, and it shall be opened to you.
8 For every one who asks receives; and he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks it shall be opened.

JOHN 14:13-14 (Jesus)
13 And whatever you shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.
14 If you ask anything in my name, I will do it.

EPHESIANS 1:17 (Paul)
17 That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him.

JAMES 1:5-7
5 If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask2 of God who gives to all men liberally, and does not reproach; and it shall be given him.
6 But let him ask2 in faith, nothing doubting: For he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed.
7 For do not let that man think that he shall receive anything from the Lord.

Note: The word translated ask1 (Gr. αἰτεῖτε, Gtr. aiteite) (Matthew 7:7) is the second person, plural, present, imperative, active, of the verb "aiteō", "I ask". In Greek, the present imperative often indicates a command to continue doing something, or to do it repeatedly, and in this case it literally means "keep on asking". The word translated let him ask2 (Gr. αἰτείτω, Gtr. aiteitō) (James 1:5; 1:6) is the third person singular, present imperative active, of the same verb "aiteō", "I ask". Again, the present imperative is a command to continue to do something, or to do it repeatedly, and here it literally means "let him keep on asking". Godly wisdom is something that comes to us gradually (See #2.3 Note 2), and if we continue to ask in faith, nothing doubting (Matthew 21:22; James 1:6), using the name of Jesus (John 14:13-14; 16:23), then as we submit ourselves to study God's word, and seek for it, God will manifest it to us.

#2.3 SEEK GOD FOR WISDOM AND UNDERSTANDING

1 CHRONICLES 28:8 (David)
8 Now therefore, in the sight of all Israel the congregation of the LORD, and in the audience of our God, keep and seek for all the commandments of the LORD your God: that you may possess this good land, and leave it for an inheritance for your children after you for ever.

EZRA 7:10
10 For Ezra had prepared his heart to seek the law of the LORD, and to do it, and to teach in Israel statutes and judgments.

PSALMS 119:45
45 And I will walk at liberty: for I seek your precepts.

PROVERBS 2:1-8 (Solomon)
1 My son, if you will receive my words, and hide my commandments with you;
2 So that you incline your ear to wisdom, and apply your heart to understanding;
3 Yes, if you cry after knowledge, and lift up your voice for understanding;
4 If you seek for her as silver, and search for her as for hid treasures;
5 Then shall you understand the fear of the LORD, and find the knowledge of God.
6 For the LORD gives wisdom: out of his mouth comes knowledge and understanding.
7 He lays up sound wisdom for the righteous: he is a buckler to those who walk uprightly.
8 He keeps the paths of judgment, and preserves the way of his saints.

MATTHEW 7:7-8 (Jesus)
7 Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and you shall find; knock, and it shall be opened to you.
8 For every one who asks receives; and he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks it shall be opened.

HEBREWS 11:6
6 But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he who comes to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of those who diligently seek him.

Note 1: If we require wisdom or understanding from God, then apart from having a gift of the word of wisdom (1 Corinthians 12:8), we need to ask for it in faith (See #2.2). In order to receive it we need to prepare our hearts (See #2.1), and seek for it. Wisdom comes from hearing, seeing, and meditating on God's word (Psalms 19:7; 119:98; 119:130; Proverbs 1:1-6; 4:10-11; 5:1-2; 8:33; 9:9-10; 13:1; 19:20; 23:19), from obedience to God's word (Job 28:28; Psalm 111:10; Proverbs 1:23; 14:16; Ecclesiastes 2:26; Mark 4:24), from fearing God (Job 28:28; Psalm 111:10; Proverbs 1:7; 8:13-14), through chastisement (Proverbs 21:11; 29:15), by keeping wise company (Proverbs 13:20), from observing nature (Proverbs 6:6-8; 30:24-31), and it is found in Christ (Colossians 2:2-3). If we expect God to bless us with wisdom, then we need to do those things which God has ordained that we should do in order to obtain it; this is how we seek for it. When Daniel had his dreams and visions, he also had to seek for understanding (Daniel 8:15-16 with 8:27; Daniel 10:2-3 with 10:10-14). The answer was given immediately (Daniel 10:12), but he still had to seek for the manifestation of it with prayer and fasting because of spiritual warfare in the heavens (Daniel 10:13).

Note 2: God's wisdom that is learned comes to us gradually:

(Deuteronomy 32:2) "My doctrine shall drop as the rain, my speech shall distil as the dew, as the small rain upon the tender herb, and as the showers upon the grass:"
(Isaiah 28:9-10) "Whom shall he teach knowledge? and whom shall he make to understand doctrine? those who are weaned from the milk, and drawn from the breast.
For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little."

So we need to keep on asking, keep on believing, and keep on seeking, in order to keep on growing in wisdom.

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