Dawn Wilson and her husband Bob live in Southern California. They have two married sons and three granddaughters. Dawn assists author and radio host Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth with research and works with various departments at Revive Our Hearts. She is the founder and director of Heart Choices Today, publishes Upgrade with Dawn, and writes for Crosswalk.com. Dawn also travels with her husband in ministry with Pacesetter Global Outreach.
The story of Solomon’s prayer for wisdom is much more than a beautiful tale of one man’s desire for wisdom. It holds powerful lessons for believers today — especially in a culture where people continually make foolish choices.
Wisdom is valuable, to be sought for and highly esteemed; but having wisdom doesn’t automatically guarantee right attitudes and actions. Wisdom needs to be applied. The Bible gives us the conclusion of Solomon’s story; though gifted with wisdom, he sometimes failed to follow his own wise counsel.
Photo credit: ©Getty Images/BrianAJackson
In submission Christians remember what God has done in saving, providing, protecting, and much more. Submission should well up from a heart of gratitude. Formerly enemies, God’s children were rescued in love, and He only desires good for those who love Him
Some people believe that if God hates anything, that is incompatible with His love. They are bothered or even shocked by this idea.
But God does indeed hate things: “There are six things the LORD hates, seven that are detestable to him” (Proverbs 6:16). The writer of Proverbs shared those seven things (verses 17-19) as a representation of the evils God detests.
Exploring the idea of God hating things tells us a lot about God Himself, and it also calls us to examine our hearts to see if these hated things are part of our lives.
Photo credit: ©Getty Images/Antonio Guillem
In the simplest of terms, Jesus taught that when someone attacks our right to respect or dignity, we are not to defend our rights with revenge. We are not to retaliate. The believer’s defense of dignity rests in the Father’s hands.
One of the greatest privileges parents have is to pray for their children. There are many kinds of prayers parents can pray, and at different stages of their child’s life. Looking down in a cradle at a sweet daughter delights a parent’s heart, and God has plans for that little one too.
Here are eight prayers a parent might pray for daughters.
Photo credit: ©Getty Images/digitalskillet
God is the believer’s protector, guarding day and night both now and into eternity. He grips the believer’s hand and says, “Do not fear, I will help you” (Isaiah 41:13). He knows everything and watches over every activity and transition in believers’ lives (Psalm 139:2-3).
Such a kiss coming from Judas on the occasion of a betrayal was not only grievous, it was hypocritical. Proverbs 27:6 could almost be written of Judas: “Wounds from a friend can be trusted, but an enemy multiplies kisses.” Judas, posing as the friend of Jesus, masked his true motivation.
One of the greatest privileges parents have is to pray for their children. There are many kinds of prayers parents can pray, and at different stages of their child’s life.
Here are eight prayers parents might pray for their sons.
Photo credit: Unsplash/Randy Rooibaatjie
Living life on purpose is a good choice. It means not living life randomly, but with positive intentionality. Christ-followers can live more satisfying, God-honoring lives as they define purpose biblically, and as they discover God’s plans for their lives.
What does the Bible say about purpose? How do we discover it? What happens when we stray from God’s purpose? Questions like these can help frame this important issue.
Photo credit: ©Getty Images/frantic00
Praying daily for wisdom is a wise thing to do! In Proverbs 8, an intriguing passage about wisdom, the writer asks, “Does not wisdom call out?” Indeed, God’s wisdom does call out, and those who respond positively and prayerfully to this call find blessing and favor from the Lord.
The value of praying for wisdom cannot be stressed more for the child of God, and some key prayers can help believers in their daily walk with God. But first, it’s helpful to form a good mindset for these prayers.
Photo credit: ©Getty Images/Layland Masuda