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If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him(v.5)

In the last few lessons, we took the time to examine the difference between the words "happiness" and "joy". As we start verse 5, we want to look at the word "wisdom".

First of all, wisdom is not just being smart. There are alot of people who are good in math, or who are experts in some field of study, but that doesn't mean they are "wise". The Bible gives us a good definition of what wisdom is. Check it out...

Proverbs 9:10


Wisdom is knowing and fearing God. Only by understanding what God says is right, what God says is true-only then will we know what true wisdom is. Now the question you may be asking is this-where do I get this wisdom?

James says in verse 5 that if we don't have wisdom all we have to do is ask God for it. James says another cool thing too-we don't have to be afraid about asking. God isn't going to be mad that we asked. In fact, He is going to be happy about it! Now the next question is this-now that we know where to get wisdom, how do we actually go about getting it? The answer is simple and probably something you have done alot of times--PRAYER.

Prayer is just asking God for what you need. You don't have to use fancy talk or anything like that. Look at it this way-if you wanted a dollar from your mom, you wouldn't say,"Oh fairest mother, woman of all women! I beseech thee for a dollar!" Of course not. You would say, "Hey mom, can I have a dollar?" It's the same thing with God. He knows what you need before you ask Him, so don't worry about the words as much as being honest about what you pray for.

Look at this last verse and then we will look at prayer again in next week's lesson.

MATTHEW 6:31-32