Daily Devotionals

Ask for Godly Wisdom

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“Above all and before all, do this: Get Wisdom!” (Proverbs 4:7a, The Message)


EXCERPT FROM EUGENE PETERSON’S AS KINGFISHERS CATCH FIRE: “This wisdom will give us skill in living abundantly.  All we need to do is ask for it.” (p. 187)


As EPC’s Senior High Youth Director, I was thrilled when asked to write about wisdom. What an opportunity for me to ask all of you adults to pray for wisdom for all of our youth, because we know that youth really need wisdom. But then–God convicted me. Today, I am actually the one who needs wisdom.


I lost my father about a month ago and my mother passed away 10 years ago. My three siblings and I will meet with probate counsel in two weeks and the tension is building. I need wisdom, Godly wisdom. I need wisdom on what to say and when to bite my tongue.  I need wisdom on how to react to my siblings and what example to set for my children. God, I need wisdom!


In our EPC book study, As Kingfishers Catch Fire, Eugene Peterson tells us that one way to gain wisdom is to simply ask God. So, today I ask my creator for wisdom. You may want to join me. Do you need wisdom in raising your children? Do you need wisdom in communicating with your spouse?  Maybe your workplace lacks heavenly wisdom, or maybe you need wisdom in talking to your grown children about their faith. God is abundant in wisdom. He is loving and generous. Today, let’s talk to God, humbly surrendering to his will and accepting his wisdom. All we need to do is ask.


Dear God, we come to you as adults admitting our continual need for wisdom. We ask that you grant us wisdom today as we interact with others and make decisions, both large and small. We love you, Lord.  In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.  


Submitted by Laura Long