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Prayer for Wisdom


On this page are various inspiring prayers on the topic of seeking God's wisdom. Here you'll also discover some good quotes and videos about wisdom, as well as some inportant bible verses from the old and new testaments about discernment and understanding.

The Serenity Prayer

(Short Version)

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.

(attributed to Reinhold Neibuhr, 1892-1971)

click here for the full serenity prayer, together with an in-depth look at the meaning of this famous prayer.





The Serenity Prayer

A meditation on the full version of this famous prayer to God for wisdom, courage and serenity. About 3 minutes long:-


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Honesty is the first chapter in the book of wisdom.

Thomas Jefferson



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.

(a modern prayer for wisdom from www.lords-prayer-words.com)



Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.

Ralph Waldo Emerson


A Prayer for Guidance and Direction

A simeple petition asking to hear God's voice:-


A Famous Prayer for Wisdom

Serenity Prayer Poster - Serenity, Courage and Wisdom

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.)


Bible verses about wisdom

Here are some useful scriptures related to wisdom which are found in the Old and New Testaments. They may be useful as readings to lead you into deeper wisdom, and as you journey with God in prayer and worship. Sometimes reading God's word can help us with decisions that need to be made, as well as providing us with direction and discernment in times of uncertainity.

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, (NLT)


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, (WEB)


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, (NHEB)




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