A Prayer for Understanding

There are many times in our lives when we experience a deep longing for someone to understand us. In I Kings 3:9 Solomon prayed, “Give me an understanding heart so that I can govern your people well and know the difference between right and wrong.” And, the Scripture tells us that God granted Solomon’s request.

In Psalm 119:104, David, Solomon’s father, prayed, “Your commandments give me understanding; no wonder I hate every false way of life.” David’s understanding came from God’s commandments.

We can ask for God’s understanding in times of anxiety, fear, emotional distress, and physical illness, as well. Proverbs 2:3-4 says, “Cry out for insight, and ask for understanding. Search for them as you would for silver; seek them like hidden treasures.” If we lack understanding, the Bible tells us that we can and should ask God for it, and trust that He will grant our request.

God wants us to have an understanding heart and to trust His divine plan. That doesn’t mean that we will always know or be able to figure out why things are happening as they are, or how they will work out. Proverbs 3:5 tells us, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding.” God’s ways are not our ways.

But, an understanding heart will give us joy about the outcome of the situation we are dealing with (Proverbs 3:13).

Dear Heavenly Father,

We cry out for understanding and insight this day. We trust Your commandments to be pure, holy and true. Father, please grant our request in order that we may have a clear picture of what You are doing in this situation.

We know that counsel and understanding are Yours (Job 12:13). We claim Your promise in Job 36:5, that You are mighty and do not despise anyone! You are mighty in both power and understanding!

We thank You that You expand our understanding (Psalm 119:32).

Father, we long for Your correction because by it we grow in understanding (Proverbs 15:32).

May the words of our mouths and the meditation of our heart be acceptable unto You, Father.

Thank You for the blessing of Your answer to our prayer.

In Your perfect, holy name we pray.