A Prayer for a Heart of Wisdom
By: Tiffany Thibault
So teach us to number our days, that we may get a heart of wisdom. – Psalm 90:12
Each of us is given a certain number of days to live out our life. How we choose to live each day is pretty much our own decision, though we are understandably influenced by those around us, our desire to find happiness and our own personal expectations. We also live in a society that repeatedly tells us these things: “Be the best!,” “Achieve,” and “You deserve it.” While all these sayings are indeed motivational, we can run into the danger of losing our life if we chase the vision of what others dictate that our life should be.
As Christ-followers, our desire ought to be to live out our days walking with the Lord and honoring Him in our choices. That often happens in the small moments of each day. Those moments can absolutely make an impact on the rest of each day and then ultimately your life.
The words in our verse say: “So teach us to number our days.” As we seek the Lord for each new day, praying for direction and wisdom, we are asking the Lord to teach us to value each moment and each situation that comes our way. What happens in your day is for a reason.
As we seek the Lord for each new day, a sense of holy purpose will fill us. We are here to worship Him. We should not take a single day for granted. We are here to make each day count for eternity. And while we absolutely should be all that God has made us to be, and strive to always do our very best in every situation, our focus should be pointing others to Jesus and not ourselves.
When we ask the Lord to help teach us to number our days, we begin to see the value of every situation. Our hearts begin to change as we grow wiser. This godly wisdom gives us the understanding and discernment we need to make sense of each of our days. The more we seek the Lord in this area, the more we get to know Him. The more we know Him, the more we will begin to allow Him to work through our words, our faith and through each of our days.
“So teach us to number our days, that we may get a heart of wisdom” should be our focus if we are longing to make each of our remaining days matter. We are only guaranteed this one moment, not the next. Why not choose to make this moment be about the Lord? Seek Him in prayer and trust Him for each detail for the rest of today. Trust Him to guide you, to direct you, and to fill your heart with wisdom so that each of your days takes on a holy purpose.
Thank you for this day, and for the rest of the days that you have for me to live. Help me Lord to trust you for each moment. Help me to seek you for each situation. Fill my heart with wisdom that my life may glorify You and point others to you. Lord, will you guide and direct my steps today. Help me become more and more aware of your presence with me, and may I grow in my ability to surrender each day to you and your plans.
In your name I pray,
Tiffany Thibault enjoys living life with her husband, two teenage daughters and one very large dog. She is the author of the Bible study “Being Fruitful” and loves long walks, rainy days and a good cup of coffee.
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