YEAR OF HEALING —"prayer-starters"—Part 1
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With Steadfast Prayer and Supplication-
DAY 1-Renouncing the Wisdom of Satan
LORD, I am ready to renounce every thought and idea that disqualifies me for Your Kingdom. Set up a search through in my way of thinking. Find out in me the wisdom I have embraced that belongs to the realm of Satan. The Appeal of Jesus to Leave Satan's Way-Jn 8:42-47
DAY 2 -Finding Release from this World's Wisdom Rom 1:21,22
Because that, when they knew God, they glorified Him not as God, neither
were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish
heart was darkened. Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools. Jas 3:15 This wisdom descendeth not from above, but is
earthly ("low and groveling")...
DAY 3-Renouncing the Wisdom Born in Our Souls Apart from God I Cor
2:14 But the natural ("soulish") man receiveth
not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness
unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.
Pro 3:7 Be not wise in thine own eyes... Jas 3:15
This wisdom descendeth not from above but is... sensual
DAY 4-Purging the Counsel of Wicked Men Ezk 11:2 Then
said he unto me, Son of man, these are the men that devise mischief and
give wicked counsel in this city. Ps 36:3a The words
of his mouth are iniquity and deceit: he hath left off to be wise...
DAY 5-Becoming Wary of this World's Wisdom I Cor 3:18,19a Let
no man deceive himself. If any man among you seemeth to be wise in
this world, let him become a fool that he may be wise. For the wisdom
of this world is foolishness with God... Is 29:14b … for
the wisdom of their wise men shall perish, and the understanding of
their prudent men shall be hid.
DAY 6-Walking in Wisdom toward the World Mt 10:16 Behold,
I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise
as serpents, and harmless as doves. Col 4:5 Walk in
wisdom toward them that are without, redeeming the time.
DAY 7-The Rejection of Wrong Counsel Ps 1:1 Blessed is
the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor
standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.
Rom 16:18 For they that are such serve not our Lord Jesus
Christ, but their own belly; and by good words and fair speeches deceive
the hearts of the simple.
DAY 8-Receiving from the Good Wisdom of Others Pro 11:14 Where
no counsel is, the people fall: but in the multitude of counsellors
there is safety. Pro 15:22 Without counsel purposes
are disappointed: but in the multitude of counsellors they are established.
Pro 24:6 For by wise counsel thou shalt make thy war:
and in multitude of counsellors there is safety.
DAY 9-Discerning the Counsel of Good Men but Who Are Wrong Job 4:l...5:27
Then Eliphaz the Temanite answered and said, . . Lo this, we have searched
it, so it is; hear it, and know thou it for thy good. Job 42:7a
And it was so, that after the LORD had spoken these words unto Job,
the LORD said to Eliphaz the Temanite, My wrath is kindled against thee,
and against thy two friends: for ye have not spoken of Me the thing
that is right...
DAY 10-Heeding the Wisdom of God's Word Ps 119:11 Thy Word
have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against Thee. Col
3:16 Let the Word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom;
teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual
songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord. FATHER, I have
great respect unto Your Word. Please give me the help of Your Spirit that
I may apply its counsel to my everyday life. Show me how not to twist
it or to use it to defend my own end when what I want is contrary to Your
will. Please give these I hold before You a fresh and keen desire toward
Your Word and its counsel.
DAY 11-Opening Ourselves to the Generosity of God as He Gives Wisdom
Jas 1:5 If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that
giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given
him. I John 5:14,15 And this is the confidence that we have
in Him, that, if we ask any thing according to His will, He heareth us:
and if we know that He hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have
the petitions that we desired of Him.
DAY 12-Developing the Wisdom of One's Own Soul Pro 4:7,8 Wisdom
is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all
thy getting get understanding. Exalt her, and she shall promote thee:
she shall bring thee to honour; when thou dost embrace her.
DAY 13-Discovering the Wisdom God Gives Ps 111:10 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: a good understanding have all they that do His commandments. Pro 9:10 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is understanding. Pro 15:33 The fear of the LORD is the instruction of wisdom; and before honour is humility. DEAR LORD, in awe, I present myself before You today with the utmost humility. My wisdom has failed and I have become baffled by the situations that surround me. I need Your mercy and Your wisdom. Please give me understanding that, from this moment, I might take right steps. The Counsel of a Man who Learned to Trust God- Ps 34:1-11
DAY 14-Opening up to the Spirit of Wisdom Eph 1:15a,16,17 Wherefore I also...cease not to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers; that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge (or, "acknowledgment") of Him. GRACIOUS LORD, help me understand that the greatest move of wisdom I can now make is to acknowledge Your Son as Lord. There are several people close to me who need to make this same move. Draw them as I hold them before Your Throne of Grace. Release in them an understanding of Your mercy and power and wisdom. How the Gospel Contains the Wisdom of God- I Cor 1:17-24
DAY 15-Finding God's Hidden Wisdom Rom 16:25,26a Now to Him that is of power to stablish you according to my gospel and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery, which was kept secret since the world began, But now is made manifest... I Cor 2:7 But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory. HEAVENLY FATHER, how marvelous that You have ordained a wisdom from out of eternity to work in us who trust Your Son! Since our own wisdom has failed over and over; we yield to Yours. Teach us to wait before You till we know its release in us. Now, we request this for these others we hold before Your Throne. The Mystery Unveiled-Eph 3:1-6
DAY 16-Finding the Purity of Wisdom from Above Jas 3:17a But the wisdom that is from above is first pure... Phil 4:8 Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; ("there be any virtue, and ("there be any praise, think on these things. DEAR LORD, we wait before You for the cleansing of our understanding that Your pure wisdom may find a place in us. Make us vessels from which this wisdom can flow to others. Bring the desire for this wisdom of Yours over into the hearts of these we hold before You. What this Wisdom Will Bring into the Life of a Young Man-Pro 2:10-20
DAY 17-Discovering the Peace Wisdom Brings Jas 3:17a But the wisdom that is from above is...then peaceable... Isa 9:6 For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and His name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. FATHER, please heal the wounds in our spirits that keep us holding on to old hurts. Release in us the wisdom that will enable us to live peaceably with others. Please release Your peaceable wisdom into the lives of these others in our family. Heal their hurts so peace can come. Peace, the Fruit of Righteousness-Jas 3:18; Mt 5:9; Rom 12:18
DAY 18-Finding the Gentleness of Wisdom Jas 3:17a But the wisdom that is from above is...gentle... Isa 40:11 He shall feed His flock like a shepherd: He shall gather the lambs with His arm, and carry them in His bosom, and shall gently lead those that are with young. DEAR LORD, please cleanse us from all pride and hardness of heart that makes us have to be right. Grant us the gentle wisdom that will help us listen to, and care about, what others have to say. There are some near us who need us to be gentle with them. Help us in this. The Gentle Dealings of Wisdom-II Tim 2:23-26; Gal 6:1-3
DAY 19-The Wisdom that Can Be Persuaded Jas 3:17 But the wisdom that is from above is...easy to be entreated... Jas 1:19 Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath: for the wrath of man worketh not the righteousness of God. LORD, help us add kindness to wisdom. Too often we have been hard and unyielding toward others who were in need of love and compassion. Work it into us to become more pliant and kind toward those who oppose us. Let them see You working in us. Becoming Fruitful in the Knowledge of the Lord-II Pet 1:5-8
DAY 20-Walking in the Mercy of Heaven's Wisdom Jas 3:17 But the wisdom that is from above is.. .full of mercy and good fruits... Col 1:10 That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God. DEAR LORD, sometimes I have thought it wise to be harsh and unyielding, This has brought resentment in others and caused more trouble. Help me find the way of mercy that will work in accord with Your wisdom. Help those whom I have hurt in my harshness to receive the mercy I am now ready to show them. Learning from God Who Is Full of Mercy- PS 86:15; Ps 119:64; Ps 145:8
DAY 21-Exhibiting the Impartiality of God's Wisdom Jas 3:17 But
the wisdom that is from above is...without partiality... I
Thes 5:14,15 Now we exhort you, brethren, warn them that are unruly
comfort the feebleminded, support the weak, be patient toward all men.
See that none render evil for evil unto any man: but ever follow that
which is good, both among yourselves, and to all men.
DAY 22-The Open Honesty of Godly Wisdom Jas 3:17 But the
wisdom that is from above is... without hypocrisy... Lk 12:1
In the mean time, when there were gathered together an innumerable
multitude of people, insomuch that they trode one upon another he began
to say unto his disciples first of all, Beware ye of the leaven of
the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy.
DAY 23-Discovering the Meekness of Godly Wisdom Jas 3:13 Who
is a wise man and endued with knowledge among you? let him show out of
a good conversation ("manner of living") his works with meekness
of wisdom. Zeph 2:3 Seek ye the LORD, all ye meek of
the earth, which have wrought His judgment; seek righteousness, seek
meekness: it may be ye shall be hid in the day of the LORD'S anger.
DAY 24-Embracing the Wisdom of God's Word Ps 19:7 The law
of the LORD is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of the LORD
is sure, making wise the simple. Ps 119:129,130 Thy
testimonies are wonderful: therefore doth my soul keep them. The entrance
of Thy words giveth light; it giveth understanding ("wisdom")
unto the simple.
DAY 25-The Danger of Rejecting Wisdom's Humility Pro 16:18 Pride
goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall. Pro
18:12 Before destruction the heart of man is haughty, and before
honour is humility. Pro 22:4 By humility and the fear
of the LORD are riches, and honour and life.
DAY 26-The Wisdom that Comes from Our Union with Christ I Cor 1:23,24,30 But we preach Christ crucified, unto the Jews a stumblingblock, and unto the Greeks foolishness; but unto them which are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God... But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption. FATHER, my own wisdom has failed. My own ability to walk uprightly is too weak to maintain the righteousness of Your Kingdom. Therefore, I yield the counsel of my heart and the desires of my soul to You and ask that You sanctify my inner man. Let me show forth the glory of the wisdom of leading a Christ filled life. How God Made Foolish the Wisdom of this World- I Cor 1:17-30
DAY 27-The Wisdom that Is Ordained to Our Glory I Cor 2:7 But
we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom,
which God ordained before the world unto our glory. Mt 11:25..
Jesus answered and said, I thank thee, 0 Father, Lord of heaven and
earth, because Thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent,
and hast revealed them unto babes.
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