A Simple Prayer

"Leave your simple ways and you will live; walk in the way of insight.”  Proverbs 9:6 

Do you remember this nursery rhyme?


Simple Simon met a pieman going to the fair;
Said Simple Simon to the pieman "Let me taste your ware."
Said the pieman to Simple Simon "Show me first your penny."
Said Simple Simon to the pieman "Sir, I have not any!"

Simple Simon went a-fishing for to catch a whale;
All the water he had got was in his mother's pail.
Simple Simon went to look if plums grew on a thistle;
He pricked his fingers very much which made poor Simon whistle.
He went for water in a sieve but soon it all fell through;
And now poor Simple Simon bids you all "adieu."

From the likes of this story, our Simple Simon wasn't the brightest bulb in the box.  Unfortunately, when I examine my own life as compared to Simple Simon, I find that I've had my share of foolish decisions.  I've often been a fan of the K.I.S.S. principle (Keep It Simple, Silly.). 

But, the Bible tells us to leave our simple ways.  It tells us in Proverbs 14:18, "Simpletons are clothed with foolishness, but the prudent are crowned with knowledge." 

Proverbs 22:3 says, "A prudent person foresees danger and takes precautions.  The simpleton goes blindly on and suffers the consequences."

The good news is that wisdom is just a prayer away.  "If you need wisdom, ask our generous God, and he will give it to you. He will not rebuke you for asking."  (James 1:5)

Dear Heavenly Father,

We thank You for being the keeper of all wisdom and understanding.  We thank You that, "The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding."  (Proverbs 9:10)

Keep us from the foolish ways of the simpleton, Father, and lead us in Your ways of wisdom and understanding.  Purify our hearts, minds, bodies, wills, and emotions, Lord.  And, guard us from the evil in this world.

May we follow after You all the days of our lives, for Yours is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory forever.


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