A Prayer to Be Wise
By Emma Danzey
Proverbs 16:16 says, “How much better to get wisdom than gold, to get insight rather than silver!”
When King Solomon could ask for whatever he wanted from God, he chose wisdom. 1 Kings 3:10 says, “The Lord was pleased that Solomon had asked for this.” The Lord delighted in giving Solomon wisdom. He was pleased with this question, and I believe that God is still pleased when we ask Him for wisdom today.
One of the best prayers that we can pray is the same as Solomon's. We too can ask God for wisdom. The amazing thing about living after Jesus’ resurrection is that we have been given the gift of the Holy Spirit. God’s Spirit Himself lives inside of us. We have full access to His wisdom if we would just seek the Spirit over our flesh. Wisdom is better than everything that this world has to offer because it is knowledge applied. When this is Biblical knowledge, Christ-like knowledge, this is not only influential but life-changing.
Thank You for being all-wise and all-knowing. You are the wisest of all. In James 3:17, You tell us, “But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere.” God, this is the kind of wisdom that You have offered to us. You are pure in all ways, You are peace-loving, thoughtful, humble, merciful, you do not have favoritism, and you are true. Would You please help us to cling to this kind of wisdom by the power of the Holy Spirit today?
You know the questions and the uncertainties that I have in my life, and You care about them. You know exactly what I need and how I should respond to the circumstances around me. Please forgive me for being impulsive and unwise in the past. Help me to live by Your ways and lead me down Your paths.
Give me wisdom for myself and show me how to be wise for my spouse, my family, and my friendships. Help me to have wisdom in my community and at church. Especially provide me with extra wisdom when interacting with those who don’t know You. Give me the right words to say and questions to ask. Show me how to love well and communicate Your gospel of hope in a way that is understandable and applicable to them.
You say in Proverbs 19:8, “The one who gets wisdom loves life; the one who cherishes understanding will soon prosper.” Making wise choices leads to loving life because it means that I am choosing ways that You want me to take. Help me to resist the temptation to follow my sinful nature and guide me out of the enemy's traps that he set up in my life. Give me instead Your wisdom to say yes when I need to say yes and no when I need to say no.
Help me to live out Matthew 7:24, which says, “Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock.” Jesus, You are the foundation of my faith. You are the best decision of my life. Would You help me to stay anchored on the foundation that You established? Be my Rock. Give me the courage to build my whole life and every decision upon You. I need Your help. I am weak, but You are strong. I am helpless, but You are my Help. Give me the ability to live by the Holy Spirit as I move forward and not by my own sinful ways. Help me to trust You and hear Your voice. Guide me by Your Word.
You tell me in Isaiah 55:8 that Your ways and Your thoughts are not my own. Even when I do not understand why, give me the faith to trust You. Give me the strength to walk in the wise ways which You would have me to go. Thank You for offering this gift of wisdom so freely to Your children. Amen.
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Emma Danzey’s mission in life stems from Ephesians 3:20-21, inspiring young women to embrace the extraordinary. One of her greatest joys is to journey with the Lord in His Scriptures. She is wife to Drew for over two years and mom to baby Graham. Drew and Emma serve with Upstate CRU college ministry in South Carolina. Emma is an avid writer for Salem Web Network and provides articles on the Bible, life questions, and on the Christian lifestyle. Her article on Interracial Marriage was the number 1 viewed article on Crosswalk for the year 2021. All the glory to the Lord! She had the joy of hosting Her Many Hats podcast where she explored the many roles that women play while serving One God. Most recently, Emma has released her first Bible Study Book, Wildflower: Blooming Through Singleness.
Emma enjoys singing/songwriting, fitness classes, trying new recipes, home makeover shows, and drinking tea! During her ministry career, Emma recorded two worship EP albums, founded and led Polished Conference Ministries, ran the Refined Magazine, and served in music education for early childhood. Emma also had the privilege of having been a national spokesperson for Mukti Mission based out of India. Mukti has been working to restore shattered lives in India for over 120 years. You can view her articles through her blog at emmadanzey.wordpress.com
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Originally published Tuesday, 15 August 2023.