Praying the Scriptures

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A collection of prayers found in the Bible for you to use every day

by Pastor Pete Beck III

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Praying for wisdom in decision making


9 And so, from the day we heard, we have not ceased to pray for you, asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of his will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding,
10 so as to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God.
11 May you be strengthened with all power, according to his glorious might, for all endurance and patience with joy,
12 giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in light.
13 He has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son,
14 in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.
Colossians 1:9-14 (ESV)

Life comes at us and requires that we make decisions that many times are beyond our ability to know what to do. This is by design. It has been that way since the creation so that we can learn to rely on God instead of our own minds and ability to reason.


5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.
6 In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.
7 Be not wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord, and turn away from evil.
Proverbs 3:5-7 (ESV)


God has given us an amazing ability to reflect, analyze and synthesize, but not to always be able to foresee the consequences of our actions or what is coming in the future. These limitations require us to seek the Lord and ask for His wisdom, of which He is most willing to impart to us. James wrote:


5 If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him.
James 1:5 (ESV)

With this in mind, we should pray daily for an impartation of divine wisdom for what the day may hold for us. Below is a sample prayer. You can customize it to fit your situation and personality.

Father, I acknowledge that I am dependent upon You and Your wisdom. I thank you that You created me this way so that I can learn to draw near to You each day and receive Your abundant supply. I ask you for wisdom and insight for this day. Help me to know what to do in every situation. Help me not to rely on my own understanding alone. Rather, let me judge and decide by what the Holy Spirit shows me. Thank You in advance for giving me all that I need.  Amen!

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