A Prayer for God to Give You Wisdom
By: Chelsey DeMatteis
“For the Lord gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding; 7 he stores up sound wisdom for the upright; he is a shield to those who walk in integrity, 8 guarding the paths of justice and watching over the way of his saints.” - Proverbs 2:6-8
Have you ever opened your Bible and wondered to yourself; How do I grasp what I’m reading? How do I take what I’m reading and apply it to my everyday living? Well, by God’s amazing grace, He promises to give us wisdom as we seek Him and leads us to live it out each day on display for the world. As we unpack His Word and desire to understand His heart, from that flows His wisdom.
I’ve spent a lot of time recently in these beginning chapters of Proverbs. They teach us so much about the value of seeking God’s heart and desiring His wisdom above all else. The saying is true, we must seek the Word before we enter the world.
We can see right here in these opening words of Proverbs 2 that God desires for us to receive His words and treasure His commands. He wants us to write His Word on our hearts and draw from His promises to quench our thirst. By doing this we will begin to grasp what God desires for our lives. When we make our ears attentive to His wisdom and when we long for His understanding, we will find our hearts hungrier to take in His Word and more willing to walk out the correction we receive from the Holy Spirit.
He tells us specifically in verse 3, “if we call out for insight and raise your voice for understanding”, we will understand and find the knowledge of the Lord. What a gift this is. Proverbs 2 paints the picture for us that our walk with the Lord takes much effort on our part, and it should. It’s the most important relationship; one that takes time, nurturing, and desiring to go deeper.
I want to focus in on verses 6-8. “For the Lord gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding; he stores up sound wisdom for the upright; he is a shield to those who walk in integrity, guarding the paths of justice and watching over the way of his saints.” The Lord desires to give His people wisdom and He promises to shield His children. He promises to lead us as we grow in our knowledge of Him and showers us with grace as we begin applying His word to all facets of our lives.
So friend, lean in and listen. Be attentive to the Lord and what He’s doing in your life. Make time with Him of utmost importance, seek His wisdom, and choose His ways over the world. He is a good Father who will lead and guide you as you should go.
Pray with me…
Thank you for promising your children wisdom and understanding when they seek you. I pray that my heart never grows tired of turning to you and seeking your heart. As I journey through this life, I pray for an abundance of wisdom that flows because of my deep relationship with you.
In Jesus’s name, Amen.
Chelsey DeMatteis is a wife, SAHM, and host of the Living With Less Podcast, birthed from John 3:30, “He must increase, but I must decrease.” She’s a devotional writer for Lifeway’s Journey Magazine, iBelieve.com, Crosswalk.com, and YouVersion Bible App! You can connect with Chelsey on IG @livingwithlesspodcast, her podcast episodes air every Wednesday and check out her free resources at www.ChelseyDeMatteis.com!
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Originally published Wednesday, 18 August 2021.