living prayers - contemporary prayers for today

contemporary prayers for today

prayer for wisdom

country path going into the distance

Often life throws up new challenges such as becoming a parent, facing a test or starting a new job. In such times we shall want to seek God for his wisdom and discernment, to clear away the confusion and bring his clarity and guidance. The good news is that God promises in scripture that he will give wisdom to those who ask him "because God gives generously and graciously to all".

(James 1:5, GNT)

This page features several inspiring prayers that ask God for wisdom, with a prayer for wisdom and discernment in life, a petition for knowledge and a prayer which asks God for wisdom and direction wherever you may find yourself - whether this is at work, school or in everyday life. We begin with one of the most famous prayers for wisdom - the "Serenity Prayer":-

A Prayer for Wisdom

The words to the Serenity Prayer

"The Serenity Prayer" is an inspiring prayer for courage, wisdom and peace of mind.

prayer for guidance

a prayer asking God for His guidance and wisdom in life, with images of crashing waterfalls and restful music:-

Prayer for wisdom and discernment

Lord God,

We come before you,
And desire that our lives to be like an open book.
Come write your story of love across every page,
May we hear your voice of guidance in all we do.

We trust that with you we will always see the way ahead,
May our every move be at one with your will.

We know that you protect us, and keep us as we travel.
Come reveal to us all that we need to see along the way,
As we journey on this incredible adventure with you.


Prayer for wisdom and knowledge

Lord of heaven and earth,
I pray that as I search for knowledge in study that I would discover divine treasure.
May I be able to sift through all I read to find the gems of your kingdom.

Lord, I long not for the wisdom that leads to power or fortune but the wisdom that leads to faith and love.

Guide my pathway as I thirst for your truths.

May I drink from your word and pour out this heavenly water on others,
Your water of life, faith, hope, truth and love,
Into the hearts and lives of all I meet.


Prayer for wisdom and direction

O Lord,
You are my sat nav,
A voice to guide my way.
Such help on every journey,
Within my heart you reign.

You are my compass,
You lead me where to go.
Even when the path is dim,
Your truth lights all I know.

You are my lighthouse.
In the high seas and storms,
I do not fear the rocks of life,
Your love light keeps me warm.


"Guide my pathway as I thirst for your truths"

quotes on wisdom from the bible

Solomon's Prayer for Wisdom

"Now, Lord my God, you have made your servant king in place of my father David. But I am only a little child and do not know how to carry out my duties. Your servant is here among the people you have chosen, a great people, too numerous to count or number. So give your servant a discerning heart to govern your people and to distinguish between right and wrong. For who is able to govern this great people of yours?"

(1 Kings 3:7-9, NLT)

"But if any of you lack wisdom, you should pray to God, who will give it to you; because God gives generously and graciously to all."

(James 1:5, GNT)

"So be careful how you live. Don't live like fools, but like those who are wise. Make the most of every opportunity in these evil days. Don't act thoughtlessly, but understand what the Lord wants you to do"

(Ephesians 5:15-17, NLT)