Christian Prayers: Prayer to Discern what is best

By Gail Rodgers

Karla was a capable woman. She usually knew what course of action to take.
Yet this time she was troubled. Disunity in her circle was causing friction
and people were being hurt. She asked God for His help.

Karla knew it was no accident when she picked up her Bible that night and
read the words of the prayer Paul had prayed for the Philippians many years
earlier. The timeless truth of God’s Word spoke to her heart

“And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge
and depth of insight, so that you maybe able to discern what is best and may
be pure and blameless until the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of
righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ – to the glory and praise of
God”  (Philippians 1:15).

We all face situations where disunity has the potential to destroy
relationships and hurt people who need to feel God’s love. Invite God to
give you what you need in the sticky relationships in your life.

Father God,
I need Your love to overflow in my heart. My own is growing thin. Help me to
be patient with those I find abrasive and to be gentle in return. Help me to
reflect Your goodness to others and share my faith in You.

Father, help me to discern what is best and give me strength to follow that
course. Let my life be marked by a humility that shows my confidence is in
You and not in my own wisdom. Let my life proclaim who my God is!

Help me to keep my heart pure in thought and attitude and to live my life in
such a way that I cast no shadow on Your name.  May my life reflect the love
of Jesus and may I share Your joy and bring Your peace into areas of

I ask right now that You would help me to grow in allowing my heart to be
filled with overflowing love for You. Let it spill over to those around me
as I trust You to give me understanding as to what is best. Keep me growing
in my discernment of how Your Truth can help me avoid error in my own life.
Please bring fruit out of this situation that will bring praise and glory to

In the strong name of Jesus I pray, Amen.


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