Faith & Life: Do You Desire to Receive Wisdom and Discipline?

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Do You Desire to Receive Wisdom and Discipline?

Praying for God to Cultivate and Maintain Godly Character in Your Life

by J.M. Troppello

I read the following prayer with my husband during our nightly devotional time together. It’s in the Prayers that Avail Much by Germaine Copeland.

“Father, I desire to receive wisdom and discipline. I ask for the ability to understand words of insight. By Your grace, I am acquiring a disciplined and prudent life, doing what is right and just and fair. Thank You for giving me prudence, knowledge, and discretion. As a wise person I listen and add to my learning, and as a discerning person I accept guidance so that I may be able to steer my course rightly. Thank you that I understand proverbs and parables, the sayings and riddles of the wise. In Jesus’ name I pray, amen.”

I don’t generally pray the same prayers over and over again, especially because Jesus said not to use vain repetitions when you pray (See: Matthew 6:7). Although, some people then use the Lord’s prayer as a repetitious prayer.

I’ve spoken the Lord’s prayer out loud before. Sometimes in church and other times when rereading it. However, I believe Jesus gave the Lord’s prayer as a model to help believers know how to pray. You can read more about The Model Prayer in Matthew 6:5-15. This is a model prayer because Jesus said in this manner therefore, pray (See vs. 9). It’s important to turn your focus to God first in worship and praise. Be thankful for all that God’s doing and is doing in your life. You should prayerfully pray for God’s will to be done in your life. Thank God for His provision. Make sure to ask God for forgiveness for your sins. Thank God for being your guiding light to direct your path and to lead you not into temptation, but to deliver you from the evil one.

Do you desire to receive wisdom and discipline in your life?

I desire wisdom, not the discipline part so much. However, both are integral facets of cultivating a thriving spiritual life. If you don’t want God to discipline you, that mindset won’t get you very far in your walk with the Lord. Believe me, I don’t like to be disciplined. Yet, I’ve found that in those times when the Lord has had to deal with me on a specific issue in my life, I’ve been very thankful after the fact. The disciplining wasn't fun. But the fruit of that disciplining experience far outweighed the discipline in the moment.

2 To know wisdom and instruction, To [a]perceive the words of understanding, 3 To receive the instruction of wisdom, Justice, judgment, and equity; 4 To give prudence to the simple, To the young man knowledge and discretion— 5 A wise man will hear and increase learning, And a man of understanding will [b]attain wise counsel, 6 To understand a proverb and an enigma, The words of the wise and their riddles.

7 The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, But fools despise wisdom and instruction. (Proverbs 1:2-7, NKJV)

This is an excellent passage from Proverbs 1:2-7 to meditate on if you want more wisdom and understanding in your life—and if you want God to discipline you into a greater understanding of Him in your spiritual life.

Do you desire to receive wisdom and discipline in your life?

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J.M. Troppello is an author, writer, and poet. She is the publisher of the online Christian lifestyle magazine, Mustard Seed Sentinel.

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