Prayer for the New Year

Psalm 90--12On January 2, 2016 the Verse of the Day for January 2, 2014 makes a request:

Psalm 90:12

Teach us to realize the brevity of life, so that we may grow in wisdom.

The King James Version provides this familiar expression:

So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom.

In thinking about applying wisdom to our lives, we recognize that wisdom is not a static entity; it is not a trophy to be displayed with pride, but wisdom connotes action, being something that must be applied. The Psalmist further states, “I will behave myself wisely in a perfect way. O when will you come unto me? I will walk within my house with a perfect heart (Psalm 101:2).
In the Book of Proverbs we find two references to a synonymous phrase for “applying our hearts unto wisdom,” and they are “walking in wisdom” or “to walk as the wise”:

Proverbs 13:20

He who walks with wise men shall be wise: but a companion of fools shall be destroyed.

Proverbs 28:26

He that trusts in his own heart is a fool: but whoso walks wisely, he shall be delivered.

Two of the most enlightening scriptures regarding walking in wisdom occur in the New Testament:

Ephesians 5:15

See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise,

To walk circumspectly, means to walk carefully, accurately, “to be watchful on all sides.”

Colossians 4:5 instructs believers to

“Walk in wisdom toward them that are without, redeeming the time.”

Walking in wisdom involves being intentional and making deliberate choices that determine the direction and ultimate fulfillment of one’s purpose in God.

The Scriptures remind us that not only must we be “walking in wisdom,” but we also should be “walking by faith.” 2 Corinthians 5:7 in the Amplified Bible makes known this truth:

For we walk by faith, not by sight [living our lives in a manner consistent with our confident belief in God’s promises]—

These two vital concepts of wisdom and faith merge in the following expression of our heart’s desire as we move into this unfolding New Year:

Wisdom and Faith

“Through words of wisdom and faith, I call forth blessing to come upon me and overtake me.”
Patricia King

That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God.
1 Corinthians 2:5

Through words of wisdom and faith, we call forth blessing

Upon blessing to overtake us and abound,

As we press toward the mark, while each day progressing

Until all who love His appearing will be crowned.

Through wisdom and faith, we call forth that which is not,

As though it were and follow faithful Abraham,

The father of all who still believe, no matter what.

We each declare “I am all that God says I am”

And align our lives in synch with the coming Kingdom.

Through the Blood of the Lamb and our testimony

We overcome by faith and the power of Christ’s wisdom,

For nothing can deter us from our destiny.

We press toward the mark, the prize we are destined to win,

By faith, hand in hand with wisdom, her gracious twin.

Bob Fitts sings our heart’s request: “Teach us O Lord to number our days”:

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