Prayers For Wisdom

Wisdom is the ability to think and act using knowledge, experience, understanding, common sense and insight. Wisdom is associated with attributes such as unbiased judgment, compassion, experiential self-knowledge, self-transcendence and non-attachment, and virtues such as ethics and benevolence.

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The Serenity Prayer

God grant me the serenity 
To accept the things I cannot change; 
Courage to change the things I can; 
And wisdom to know the difference. 


Pray for Divine Purpose

Here I am, God.

Use me for Your Divine purposes. I am still and peaceful in Your presence. Open my mind to think the thoughts that You give me. Open my heart and let Your love fill it to overflowing. May I go forth and share blessings everyone that I meet today.
Amen

Prayers For God's Inspiration

 

“Dear God, please give me wisdom…”


Silent Prayer

Lord, There is nothing as certain as silence, stillness, and solitude, to help me understand the secrets of myself. I come to You in silent prayer. Reveal Yourself and I will be revealed. Amen


A Prayer for Discernment and Wisdom 

When You Need God’s Direction

Lord, thank You for the people You have divinely placed in my life who speak holy truth, love and words of wisdom. Give me a heart of discernment to know when You are using someone to speak instruction into my heart and my circumstances, and give me the strength and courage to follow through with that advice, even when it’s hard. Fill me with peace in knowing that even if I take a wrong turn, Your purpose will prevail. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
— Tracie Miles


Prayers For WisdomPrayer For Wisdom and Understanding

Teach me, O my Lord Jesus,
instruct me that I may learn from Thee
what I ought to teach concerning thee.
— Anglican Archbishop William Laud (1573-1645)

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“Father, grant me a spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of yourself. Please, don’t leave me to myself. I am so worldly. My thoughts and feelings are so unspiritual. I scarcely feel any awe or trembling or sense of spiritual beauty or sweetness or glory. Have mercy and by your Spirit awaken in me a spirit of wisdom and revelation so that when I read or hear your wisdom and your revelation I will have ears to hear and eyes to see the wonder of it (Psalm 119:8).”


Prayer For Minds Full of Wisdom

God our Savior,
bring us back to you
and fill our minds with your wisdom.
We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever. AMEN


Praying for Divine Wisdom

Beautiful Lord, Purify my heart. Grant me Your divine wisdom, as I make You the center of my life, King Jesus. Guide me in all that I do. Save me from pride, arrogance, doubt, and fear.

Lead me to victory, where the waters are calm, the earth is still, and where I overlook the trials from the mountaintop, with peace in my heart, knowing I have survived the storm.

For the Holy Spirit will teach you in that very hour what you ought to say. Luke 12:12 

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. James 1:5 


Plans for my life

Master, make the plans You have for my life clearer each day. Help me to envision what You have set before me.

As I go out to execute Your divine will, grant me provision as You send me on the mission.

Give me strength, hope, and wisdom to complete it. Light my path, oh Lord. Shun the darkness that surrounds me.

But of Him you are in Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God—and righteousness and sanctification and redemption— that, as it is written, “He who glories, let him glory in the Lord.” 1 Corinthians 1:30-31


Prayers For WisdomGaining divine understanding and wisdom

Open my eyes to see the truth. Open my ears to hear Your word.  I open my heart to gain understanding and Your eternal divine wisdom, to spread Your word successfully in the land.

Help me to be a blessing to others with the knowledge You’re going to provide me with, so that I can assist in recruiting more soldiers for the army of Christ.

I pray that I will gain eternal wisdom and understanding on this day. In Jesus’ mighty name I pray, Amen!

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction. Proverbs 1:7

Listen to counsel and receive instruction, that you may be wise in your latter days. Proverbs 19:20


Prayer: Well of Wisdom

Oh Lord,

As life stretches before me,
I look for wisdom into
the deep well of emotions
You have given Your children.
I pray that I may withdraw enough compassion
to heal anotherʼs broken heart;
enough peace to quell anotherʼs fear;
enough joy to celebrate anotherʼs victory;
enough strength to share anotherʼs burdens,
and enough faith to light a candle
in anotherʼs darkness.
Thank You for the assurance You have been given us
that my well will never run dry.
Amen


Prayer For Spirit of Wisdom

Father,
you guide your people with kindness
and govern us with love.
Give the Spirit of wisdom
to those you have called to lead your Church.
May the growth of your people in holiness
be the eternal joy of our shepherds.
We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever. AMEN.


Prayer: Known

Bring me wisdom, dear Lord.

There is no part of me
You cannot see.
You know my guilt.
You know my joy.
You know my fear and my hope.

I cannot pretend to be holier,
to be purer
or greater,
because You already know who I am
and You can find me where I am hiding.

But why should I hide?
Your knowledge of my secrets.

frees me from the weight of them.
Your knowledge of my soul
brings me closer to You.
You know me completely,
and still You love me completely.

There is no part of me
You cannot see.
This only means
there is no part of me
You cannot hold.

Amen


Prayer For Wisdom

Father, keep before us the wisdom and love
you have revealed in your Son.
Help us to be like him in word and deed.
We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever. AMEN


Permeate Me With Wisdom

Dear God,
I offer to you all that I do not know,
to create with it all that I need to learn.
Send Your forces around me, through me.
Permeate me.
Gently, yet boldly.
Undeniably.
With honor, I forgo all past violations of myself.
Through darkness I’ve crawled
just to meet you here.
All the sacrifice lies behind me.
Only Your love stands before me.
And now, may my power
finally lie within me.
Amen

Prayer to Do What is Right

Father, without you we can do nothing.
By your Spirit, help us to know what is right
and to be eager in doing your will.
We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever. AMEN.


Prayers For WisdomA Prayer for Wisdom

Dear Heavenly Father, Your child comes before You seeking wisdom …

May you grant me wisdom to accomplish all that You have put before me in Your strength and Your power with grace and humility and solely for Your glory.

May You grant me wisdom to discern between good and evil in all that is around me in all that is within me and to know only that which is holy.

May You grant me wisdom to love others as You do; to understand their value fully; to accept them unconditionally; and give of myself wholly.

May You grant me wisdom to treasure Your many blessings; all that You have given me; all that You have shown me; and, in gratitude, live my life purely.

May You grant me wisdom that comes only from above. Wisdom so divine yet wisdom that is mine and strongest when meek and lowly.

Amen.

— by Dr. David Jeremiah


Prayer for wisdom

Father, take me to the place 
where I am saved from my pride and arrogance
and Christ’s humility is centre stage,
where I’m lifting up clean hands 
and a pure heart to You. 

Take me to the place 
where I’m no longer looking at the mountains I face
but looking down upon them, 
where I can see clearly and my decisions are flooded 
with Your light, truth and justice.

Father, 
I bend my knee and receive Your truth
I open my ears to receive Your counsel
I open my heart to receive Your eternal wisdom.
Amen.


Prayer for wisdom and direction

O Lord, 
You are my sat nav,
A voice to guide my way.
Such help on every journey,
Within my heart you reign.

You are my compass,
You lead me where to go.
Even when the path is dim,
Your truth lights all I know.

You are my lighthouse.
In the high seas and storms,
I do not fear the rocks of life,
Your love light keeps me warm.

Amen.


Prayer for Clarity

Lord,
May your words be like a lamp that lights my way.
May your love be like a compass that gives me direction.
May your truth be like a signpost bringing clarity.
May your peace be like a measure that guides my decisions.
May your hope be like a flag that declares I walk with you.
May your words be in my mind,
Your love guide my feet,
Your truth be a sign,
Your peace be a measure,
And your hope be a flag,
As I walk close to you at this time. Amen


Prayers For WisdomAll in You

Dear God, 
Grant me the wisdom to know

from the vastness of the universe
full of darkness,
stars and infinite space,
to the tiny wonder of one small seed
cradled in dark soil,
bathed in spring rain,
waiting to grow.
You are in it all.
It is all in You.

From the ice of winter,
sparkling, waiting, quiet.
To the green of summer,
insects thrumming,
scent pulsing from the fields.
You are in it all.
It is all in You.

From the smiling wonder
of a baby reaching out
with a plump hand,
eager to explore,
to the smiling wonder
of an elder enjoying a sunny day,
remembering similar days.
You are in it all.
It is all in You.

Amen


Prayer for wisdom and knowledge

Lord of heaven and earth,
I pray that as I search for knowledge in study that I would discover divine treasure.
May I be able to sift through all I read to find the gems of your kingdom.

Lord, I long not for the wisdom that leads to power or fortune but the wisdom that leads to faith and love.

Guide my pathway as I thirst for your truths.

May I drink from your word and pour out this heavenly water on others,
Your water of life, faith, hope, truth and love,
Into the hearts and lives of all I meet.

Amen.


Catholic Prayer for Wisdom

(Come Holy Spirit)

Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of Your faithful
And kindle in them the fire of Your love

V: Send forth Your Spirit and they shall be created

R: And You shall renew the face of the earth

Let us Pray:
O God, Who instructed the hearts of the faithful by the light of the Holy Spirit, Grant us in the same Spirit to be truly wise and ever rejoice in His consolation. Through Christ, our Lord. Amen.

— (N.B.This prayer can be prayed as a group – the “v.” is for the leader, the “r.” is the response by the group. It can also be used for individual prayer times.)


Prayers For Darkness/Chaos

“Even the darkness is not dark to you; the night is bright as the day, for darkness is as light with you.” (Psalm 139:12)

Lord Above,

I am so lost. I don’t even know where to begin praying. I feel so lost in the darkness that surrounds me. My wife has left me for another man. My children are acting out because of our family breakdown. I don’t want to go to work. The bills are piling up. I want to move away and start over. I can’t handle this pressure and stress on my own, Lord! Please show me Your will in my life. Give me the knowledge and wisdom to conduct myself as a Christian. Bad circumstances aren’t a gateway for me to act out of accordance of Your will. I just wish this was a bad dream and that I could wake up. I cannot think straight. So many emotions are plaguing me, Father. Cast these burdens off of me! Lord, I humbly pray that You would honor my request for wisdom in this because I cannot do anything on my own. It is by Your power alone that I am moving through this chaos. I love You, Father! Amen


Prayers For Clarity

“Yes, if you call out for insight and raise your voice for understanding, if you seek it like silver and search for it as for hidden treasures, then you will understand the fear of the Lord and find the knowledge of God.” (Proverbs 2:3-5)

Omniscient Father,

Lord, You have full knowledge of everything in Your grasp. There is nothing that surprises You. Father, I need clarity right now. I am at a fork in the road and I don’t know which way to turn. There are at least 3 different decisions that I could make and they all seem like wise decisions. I can’t rely on human intuition here, Lord. Father, I ask You now for a clear and concise answer on what I need to do. I want Your will to be done in this, Father. Give me clarity, Lord. I love You! Amen


A Prayer for the Wisdom and Guidance of the Holy Spirit

Father, in the Name of Jesus, I realize that as a believer, my body is the temple of the Holy Spirit. My acknowledgment of Your presence on a daily basis makes my faith in You effectual. I believe that You, heavenly Father, are leading and guiding me by the Holy Spirit through my spirit, and illuminating my mind.

As I yield to the Holy Spirit, I believe that my steps are ordered of You, LORD. I commit and trust myself wholly to Your guidance, expecting You to cause my thoughts to become agreeable to Your will, so my plans will be established and succeed. I trust in You, LORD, with all my heart and lean not on my own understanding. As I acknowledge You, You direct me in paths of righteousness.

I confess that as I become more God-inside minded, I can more easily recognize the inward witness of the Holy Spirit. I hear the voice of the Good Shepherd, and a stranger’s voice I will not follow. I am aware that my spirit is the candle of The LORD.

I meditate in The WORD day and night, not letting it depart from my mouth. I test my inward witness with The WORD, for the Spirit and The WORD agree. I am quick to act on The WORD, as well as the prompting of my spirit. I am not a hearer only, but also a doer. Therefore, I am blessed in all my deeds.


A Prayer for Wisdom and Peace

When Making Big Decisions

Dear heavenly Father, you number our hairs and determine our days; you hang the stars and feed the sparrows; you open doors no one can shut and shut doors no one can open. Surely, we can trust you when the time comes for making big decisions, or for that matter, any decisions. I’m in just such a season again, Father, and I know I’m not alone. We will trust you for generous wisdom, straight paths and peaceful hearts, all for your glory.

How we praise you for being the decision-making-God. It’s not our decisions, but yours that make all the difference. We will plan, but we trust you to order our steps. We will pray, but ask you to fix our prayers en route to heaven. We will seek counsel, but count on you to overrule faulty or incomplete input from our most trusted friends and mentors. We will search the Scriptures, but not looking for proof texts but for you, Father. All we want and need is you.

Free us from the paralysis of analysis—wanting make the right decision, more than we want to be righteous people; wanting to be known as wise people, more than we want to know you. Free us from the idolatry of assuming there’s only one “perfect” choice in any given situation. Free us from making decisions primary for our comfort and other’s approval, or fear their disapproval. Free us to know that good choices don’t always lead to the easiest outcomes, especially at first. Free us from second and twenty-second guessing our decisions.

Father, no matter if it’s wisdom about buying or selling, vocation or vacation, this place or that place, this person or that person, we know that in ALL things, your will is our sanctification—our becoming more and more like Jesus. Give us this passion; make it our delight.

So, Father, make us more and more like Jesus, even as we trust you for the opening and closing of doors that are in front of us. All for your glory—in our eating and drinking; and in our whatever’s, whenever’s and wherever’s. So very Amen we pray, in the name of our reigning King, Jesus.

—- by Scotty Smith


Prayers For WisdomBible verses about wisdom

Ask, Seek and Knock

Keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you. Matthew 7:7

Ask God for wisdom

But 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. James 1:5

The characteristics of wisdom

But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceful, gentle, reasonable, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, without hypocrisy. James 3:17

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