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A word and a prayer about truth and wisdom

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  A WORD: Don't ever be afraid of the truth. Not the truth about yourself, your heart, your emotions, or your spiritual strongholds. Not the truth about those you love. Not the truth about God's commands or will. Please don't walk away from truth, even when it's hard. It will literally save you. Again and again. "There is no fear in  love . But  perfect   love  drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made  perfect  in  love ." ( 1 John 4:18 ) If finding out the truth about yourself or something terrifies you, then you have a clear sign that the devil is working against you. Whenever we love, we welcome the truth. We won't re-shape it, twist it, or wield it. We will protect it and cherish it. Truthful lives point towards God, not toward ourselves or our own abilities. "A  truth ful witness saves lives, but a false witness is deceitful." ( Proverbs 14:25 ) But what if we can't tell the difference?  What

Lord, I need wisdom--no matter what it costs

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"Do not forsake wisdom, and she will protect you; love her, and she will watch over you. Wisdom is supreme; therefore get wisdom. Though it cost all you have, get understanding." ( Proverbs 4:6-7 ) Dear Lord God,  I need your wisdom . I'm afraid of what it will cost me to learn, but I want it anyway. It's the only way to survive this life and live it for you. I'm beginning to understand that godly wisdom is expensive  to get. The more I seek you, the more I become a target . The more I want you, the more the world tries to lure me in. It's wisdom I need and wisdom that will save and protect me. Surround me with your mighty angels. Fill me with your powerful Spirit. Anoint me with your calling . Humble me so I recognize where you're at work and when I'm interfering with your work. Help me walk in your Spirit and hear your voice. Give me your wisdom-- don't allow me to attain intelligence or cunning instead. Then I will have wisdom in all my deci

How to get wisdom: a hint and a prayer

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"If any  of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God,  who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you." ( James 1:5) Wisdom is a super-helpful characteristic. It keeps you from saying things you shouldn't. It keeps you from making the wrong decision . It gives you courage to say and do things that are hard but right. It helps you anticipate the future and adapt accordingly. Wisdom is valuable. It's not luck.   “Take hold of my words with all your heart;  keep my commands, and you will live.    Get wisdom, get understanding  do not forget my words or turn away from them.    Do not forsake wisdom, and she will protect you;  love her, and she will watch over you." ( Proverbs 4:4-6 ) This is what the Apostle Paul told one of his churches: "My goal is that they may be encouraged in heart and united in love, so that they may have the full riches of complete understanding , in order that they may know the mystery of God , namely, Christ

Praying about my New Year's plans

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Dear Lord,  You are great and holy. I am in awe of you and the relationship you offer me. Teach me to wait on you. Give me patience and wisdom as I plan for this next year. I want to do your will-- I want to obey your purpose for me this year and let you fulfill your plans through me. How do I plan and yet rely on you? How do I plan while I wait for you? How do I discern the difference between what should be done and what you want me to do? There is so much injustice in the world, so many opportunities to do good and so many people who need a friendly smile or a helping hand. I am overwhelmed. Certainly, you don't need me to do anything, and I can't do everything, not by a long shot. I feel like I do almost nothing. But I want to do your work. I want to make a difference. I want my life to be about your mission and your kingdom and not just me trying to feel good about being a good person. Those lines blur so easily. I'm asking you for wisd

Prayer for a young adult

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God Almighty, Give ___________ discernment and courage to develop and protect godly relationships. Reveal any faulty theology and secular mindsets. Open doors for spiritual relationships and mentoring. Help ___________ seek wise counsel in crisis and decision-making . Encourage ____________'s spirit, soul, and mind-- fight off insecurity and self-loathing and fill ____________ with a knowledge of your infinite love and unending grace. Prepare in _____________ a determination to serve and trust you all of his/her life. Guide ______________ today into your presence . Fill ___________ with the Holy Spirit and a heart of compassion . Thank you for the blessing of knowing ___________. Use me to influence him/her. In Jesus' name, Amen. Click here for "A Prayer for students" Click here for "How to pray God's word over your kids" For this reason, since the day we heard about you,  we have not stopped praying for you.  We continually

Why should I thank God when I'm grieving?

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Dear God of all comfort, Thank you. I'm grieving, but I thank You for everything. Thank you for creating the church, which functions like a family. I can't explain how people I've never met or hardly know can send me a prayer or encouragement, and I instantly feel loved and no longer alone. Thank you for making prayer a way to express grief, joy, fear, and frustration. I don't know why it works, but it does. Thank you for the opportunity to serve You by serving other people. I don't know why loving someone else when I need to be loved fills an emotional hole, but it does. Thank you for growing my faith through trials. I don't completely understand how suffering can produce joy in my life, but I see it happen all the time. Thank you for asking me to be generous. I can't explain how we can give away so much and still pay our bills, but remarkably, it's true. Thank you for a million other blessings--for every sunset, for every flower, for

Give me wisdom

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Lord Who Sees Me, Give me wisdom to notice where You are working today, where you want my participation in Your loving touch. Time rushes past, and I clutch at it because I was made for another world where time doesn't exist and my success is not needed. Give me Your wisdom to spend the time You've given me here, in the way You want me to spend it-- as an investment for eternity. That's why I need Your eyes, Your heart, Your perspective. Because naturally I have not enough time, not enough peace, not enough of You. I worship You. In that exchange, help me see You and follow You. In Jesus' name, Amen. "If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you." (James 1:5)