The wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere. (James 3:17)
I came across this prayer, based on the above verse, from R. Kent Hughes, and pass it on for your reflection: Our only wise God, I pray that You will make me ‘pure’ in my moral life and in the purity of my devotion to You. With all my heart I desire this characteristic of wisdom- the foundational element of wisdom from above.
I pray that You will further fill me with Heaven’s wisdom, making me ‘peace-loving.’ Give me Your shalom, and help me promote peace with my brothers and sisters.
God, I ask You to make me ‘considerate’ so I will gently make allowances for the weaknesses of others and be reasonable and kind in all my dealings with difficult people.
Make me ‘submissive’ so I will submit to reason, abandon unthinking stubbornness, and be open to the changing of my mind when I am wrong.
Lord, Heaven’s wisdom is “full of mercy and good fruit,” compassion that brings merciful action. Help me to go beyond pity and sentiment so that I do acts of mercy, appropriate for one who calls himself “Christian.”
Grant me the wisdom to be ‘impartial,’ unwavering in respect to Biblical principle, so my life will exude fairness.
Finally, make me ‘sincere,’ clear-eyed, honest, forthright, without masks- so others will perceive the wisdom of Christ in me.
Lord, give us wisdom from heaven.
We pray this in Jesus’ name, Amen.