The apostle Paul addressed the church of Ephesus saying:
“I pray for you constantly, asking God,
the glorious Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
to give you spiritual wisdom and understanding,
so that you might grow in your knowledge of God.”( Ephesians 1:16-17)
with a word you breathed creation into being
waterways and forest lands
starry skies and pasture places
snow capped mountains and soaring eagles.
The heavens declare your glory; the firmament reveals your wisdom….
We hear your invitation Holy One to go deep into wisdom…
And so we pray for your wisdom to discern your ways and path for our own lives.
We ask for your wisdom to discern how to live peaceably and justly with those we meet, live with, work with, drive our roads with, wait in line with, and worship with.
We ask for your wisdom in the difficult situations and barren places we may face as we go through life.
We ask for your wisdom in dealing with injustices in our world and courage to act in ways that bring restoration, healing, reconciliation. Forgive us when our actions create divisions, marginalize, and cause harm.
We ask for wisdom for our leaders in our world, our country, and our communities.
We ask for wisdom for those charged with rolling out vaccinations and for administrators creating policy amidst covid pandemic.
We ask for wisdom for our church leaders, worldwide and local.
We ask for wisdom for our congregational leadership and staff – as they lead, serve alongside one another and faithfully strive to further your vision and mission.
We ask for your wisdom as we reach out to those in need in our communities and in our world.
We ask for wisdom as we minister to those who are lonely, isolated, loved ones in long term care and those we hold in our hearts ………
We hold our Households of Faith before you God asking that you meet them at their deepest places of need. Bless them in their work, in the rest, day to day with joy and peace.
Holy Wisdom, enlighten us, transform us, guide us, and inspired by wisdom bring new life, new hope, new vision. We offer our prayers in all the holy names of God. Amen