A Prayer for Wisdom (Proverbs 8:10–11) - Radical

A Prayer for Wisdom (Proverbs 8:10–11)

“Take my instruction instead of silver, and knowledge rather than choice gold, for wisdom is better than jewels, and all that you may desire cannot compare with her.”
(Proverbs 8:10–11)

Do you see the value of wisdom here? God is saying in His word as clearly as can be actually beautifully, and poetically, and powerfully that wisdom is better than silver. Wisdom is choicer than gold, that it’s more valuable than jewels. All that you may desire in this world cannot compare with wisdom. Believe this.

Lord, we ask for a right view of wisdom compared to everything this world offers. May we long for wisdom according to Your Word.

You think of silver, gold and jewels, like more and more stuff. Picture, the shiniest, the newest, the nicest, the best, all that you could desire in this world. All the luxury, all the possessions you can desire in this world and God just says, all of them cannot compare with wisdom. Wisdom is better than all of the riches of this world.

So if that’s the case, then let’s seek wisdom in His word. Let’s pray for wisdom from God. Let’s ask continually for wisdom. Like we work for money, we work for possessions let’s work all the more for wisdom. Work all the more for this treasure that is better than silver, gold, jewels or anything we could desire that this world offers.

God, we pray right now for wisdom. God, I pray in my own life just in every facet of my life as a husband, as a dad, as a pastor, as a leader, as a man. Just in everything I think, and desire, and say, and do. God, I pray for wisdom, I pray for your wisdom. I want your wisdom more than I want millions of dollars. I want your wisdom. God help me to want your wisdom like that.

I pray for this for others. God help us to see wisdom is better than being a billionaire, that it’s better to be wise. So God, we pray that you’d grant us wisdom, that wisdom would flow from fearing you, from time in Your word, from walking with You in prayer and worship, from close relationship with You. God that You would guide, and lead, and direct us by Your wisdom in us. God, please may it be so, I pray. We pray for wisdom in our lives, and we pray for a right view of wisdom compared to everything this world offers in Jesus’ name. Amen.

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David Platt serves as pastor at McLean Bible Church in Washington, D.C. He is the founder and chairman of Radical. He is the author of several books, including Radical, Radical Together, Follow Me, Counter Culture, and Something Needs to Change.

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