Our only wise God, we pray that you will make us “pure” in our moral lives and in the purity of our devotion to you. With all our hearts we desire this first-named characteristic of wisdom – the foundational element of wisdom from above.
We pray that you will further fill us with heaven’s wisdom, making us “peace loving”. Give us your shalom, and help us promote peace with our brothers and sisters.
God, we entreat you to make us “considerate” so we will gently make allowances for the weaknesses of others and will be reasonable and kind in all our dealings with difficult people.
Make us “submissive” so we will submit to reason, abandon unthinking stubbornness, and be open to the changing of our minds when we are wrong.
Lord, Heavens wisdom is “full of mercy and good fruit”, compassion that brings merciful action. Help us to go beyond pity and sentiment so that we do merciful acts, becoming the hands of Christ.
Grant us the wisdom to be “impartial”, unwavering in respect to Biblical principle, so that our lives will exude fairness.
Finally, make us “sincere”, clear-eyed, honest, forthright, without masks – so others will perceive the wisdom of Christ in us.
Lord, give us wisdom from heaven. We pray this in Jesus name. Amen.
James 3:13–18 (NIV84)
Two Kinds of Wisdom
13 Who is wise and understanding among you? Let him show it by his good life, by deeds done in the humility that comes from wisdom. 14 But if you harbor bitter envy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast about it or deny the truth. 15 Such “wisdom” does not come down from heaven but is earthly, unspiritual, of the devil. 16 For where you have envy and selfish ambition, there you find disorder and every evil practice.
17 But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere. 18 Peacemakers who sow in peace raise a harvest of righteousness.