This prayer guide, inspired by the chapter titled Wisdom in Strategic Renewal’s resource 21 Days of Prayer for Your Church Leader, is focused on seeking God’s face through the following passage.

James 3:13-18

13 Who is wise and understanding among you? By his good conduct let him show his works in the meekness of wisdom. 14 But if you have bitter jealousy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast and be false to the truth.15 This is not the wisdom that comes down from above, but is earthly, unspiritual, demonic. 16 For where jealousy and selfish ambition exist, there will be disorder and every vile practice. 17 But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, open to reason, full of mercy and good fruits, impartial and sincere. 18 And a harvest of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace.

The Holy Bible, English Standard Version. ESV® Text Edition: 2016. Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers

Wisdom Prayer Guide


Identify and celebrate God’s praiseworthy attributes

  • Jesus perfectly displays the meekness of wisdom (v. 13)
  • Jesus is Himself, pure, peaceable, gentle, open to reason, full of mercy and good fruits, impartial and sincere (v. 17)
  • God is righteous and brings peace (v. 18)

Prayer Prompts

  • Jesus, I praise You because You are…(list a specific description from v. 17) and I have experienced this when…
  • Lord, thank You for how…(church leader) has shown me Your wisdom in…


Surrender to Him and His ways

  • Lord, we confess that we live by earthly wisdom when…
  • Jesus, we repent of jealousy and selfish ambition over…


Ask the Spirit to guide prayer over concerns, resources, and relationships

  • Lord, help…(church leader) be…(name a facet of wisdom from v. 17) especially when…
  • Lord, help me to be…especially when…
  • Lord may our church show the meekness of wisdom by our good conduct of…


Encouragement and strength for spiritual battle

  • Lord Jesus, give us grace to sow peace as we…

*this prayer guide is an excerpt from the appendix of 21 Day of Praying for Your Church Leaders, by Strategic Renewal. Click HERE for more information on this resource.