Praying for Wisdom from God

7 Essentials: Asking God for Wisdom

Praying through the 7 Essentials simply means… praying the truths of scripture over the needs of the next generation or others close to you, using the lens of the 7 Essentials.

Today’s spotlight is on the essential of wisdom. I cannot stress enough how important asking God for wisdom is for our lives. Every day we experience the blessings and benefits of wise choices people around us have made. While we may enjoy these blessings and benefits, we often don’t take note of the wise choices that produce them. Sometimes we even take these choices for granted.

Unfortunately, the value of wisdom shines brightest when seen in contrast to foolishness. All of us have felt the pain of foolishness, either from our own ill-considered decisions or those of someone else.

It is heartbreaking to see people, especially young people, make foolish decisions that wreak havoc on their lives and the lives of those around them.

As Christians and people who care about the next generation, we desperately need to commit ourselves to asking God for wisdom on each emerging generation. To help us move in this direction, here are 3 of my favorite ways to pray wisdom over the next generation.

3 Ways to Pray for Wisdom

One—Pray that they will WANT wisdom. No one pursues what they do not want. Pray that the taste buds of their hearts and minds would crave the sweetness of wisdom and savor it. Asking God for wisdom should be a daily desire for each of us.

For more guided ways to pray, check out the prayer books here.

Two— Pray that they would have eyes to SEE Jesus for all he is worth! Colossians 2:3 says that in Jesus are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. Life becomes clearer as Jesus becomes clearer.

Three—Finally, pray that they with WALK with the wise. Proverbs 13:20 says, “He who walks with the wise becomes wise.” We were created to live in community with one another. Pray that the next generation would long to see wisdom from those more advanced in age.

I’d like to close with this prayer for wisdom, not just for the next generation, but for each of us.

Father, all life and wisdom come from you. Cause each of us to be relentless in our desire and pursuit of your wisdom. Thank you for packaging all your treasures of wisdom and knowledge in the person of Jesus. Help us to see and savor him for all he is worth. In your mercy and kindness give each of us the wisdom to spot foolishness and flee it. Cause our hearts to align with those who love your ways and walk in your wisdom. We pray this for your glory and our good, in Jesus’ name, amen.

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