Prayers for Wisdom and Guidance
(gathered from various paths and sources)
Say them gently to yourself...
and see which words resonate for you.
"Lead me, teach me, guide me..."
- original source unknown
“As I pause to reflect in this still moment,
I invite wisdom from the highest place
to reveal that which I need to know and understand...
I ask for the courage and the wisdom to begin anew.
Please help me to know what the first courageous steps should be,
and then help me to take them...
- from Prayers for the Soul@Work(TM) by Rev. Diane Hoover
(excerpted from "Taking Off My Mask at Work")
“Show me Your ways, O Lord, teach me Your paths; guide me in Your truth...”
- Psalm 25:4 & 5
“Fill me, inspire me, free me to respond generously to Your call.
For I believe You desire my deepest joy,
And it is only in Your company
That my soul will be satisfied
And my life will find its meaning and purpose.
- from the Discernment Prayer (Sisters of Notre Dame)
“What would You have me do? Where would You have me go?
What would You have me say, and to whom?
- A Course in Miracles
“Supreme One, you are an obscure mystery to us...
Yet your light shines on all creatures, and your wonder illumines their souls...
Reveal yourself to us...
Show us how we should live, that we may learn to obey you in all things.
- excerpts from a Mahayana Buddhist Prayer
“You grace humans with wisdom and teach humanity perception. Bestow upon us Your knowledge, insight and understanding. Blessed are you the grantor of wisdom.”
- Ata Chonen, a Judaic blessing/prayer
“Oh Spirit of Guidance, Throw Thy Divine Light on my path."
“Open my heart, that Thy spirit I may reflect."
- short Sufi prayers
“Use us for the purpose that Thy wisdom chooseth,
And guide us on the path of Thine Own Goodness.
Draw us closer to Thee every moment of our life,
Until in us be reflected Thy Grace, Thy Glory, Thy Wisdom, Thy Joy and Thy Peace.
- excerpt from Saum, by Hazrat Inayat Khan (Sufi)
“Oh, Great Spirit, whose voice I hear in the wind,
Whose breath gives life to all the world.
Hear me; I need your strength and wisdom.
Let me walk in beauty, and make my eyes ever
behold the red and purple sunset...
Make... my ears sharp to hear your voice.
Make me wise so that I may understand
the things you have taught my people.
- from a Native American prayer