So we have not stopped praying for you since we first heard about you. We ask God to give you complete knowledge of his will and to give you spiritual wisdom and understanding.
Dear God, maybe this is how I need to start praying for fellow believers. I supposed it has the third element of the “Serenity Prayer” from Alcoholics Anonymous to it. It’s a good thing to pray for myself too.
What would it be like to have complete knowledge of your will? To have spiritual wisdom and understanding? To hear your still, small voice at any given time and peacefully follow it–whether into action or inaction? So often I am impetuous and I act before I think. And I think before I pray. There have been times when I’ve screamed at you to understand your will and heard silence. In retrospect, those were times when you just needed me to wait.
Father, Holy Spirit, Jesus–especially Holy Spirit in this case. As the Father’s presence with me now and throughout this day, help me to have your wisdom. Help me to take in the world through your eyes and ears. Help me to be the friend you need me to be for the friend I’m about to spend several hours with. Help me to be the husband and father you need me to be. I confess to you that I have pride. I want to take glory for myself. All glory to you. I pray that you will increase through me and that when people see me they will see you instead.
I pray this through Jesus,