For more than 3 decades, I have used many passages to pray fervently to God that He would illumine His Word to me. I praise Him that He has done so over and over again on numerous occasions!
Here are 12 such passages that teach us how to do so.
Exodus 33:18 And he said, I beseech thee, shew me thy glory.
Holy Father, as I partake of Thy Word, please show me Thy glory.
Psalm 43:3 O send out thy light and thy truth: let them lead me; let them bring me unto thy holy hill, and to thy tabernacles. 4 Then will I go unto the altar of God, unto God my exceeding joy: yea, upon the harp will I praise thee, O God my God.
Gracious Father, please send out Thy light and Thy truth. Let them lead me and bring me to Thy holy hill and to Thy tabernacles. Then will I go unto the altar of God, unto God my exceeding joy. Yea, upon my stringed instrument will I praise Thee, O God my God.
Psalm 86:11 Teach me thy way, O LORD; I will walk in thy truth: unite my heart to fear thy name.
Abba, Father, please teach me Thy way, O Lord. I will walk in Thy truth. Unite my heart to fear Thy name.
1 Kings 3:9 Give therefore thy servant an understanding heart to judge thy people, that I may discern between good and bad: for who is able to judge this thy so great a people? . . . 12 Behold, I have done according to thy words: lo, I have given thee a wise and an understanding heart.
Gracious God, please give to me a wise and understanding heart that I may discern between the good and the bad.
Psalm 119:18 Open thou mine eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of thy law.
Oh God, I know and believe that the answers to every important question about what you want your people to do to glorify You in all things that are acceptable to You in worship are in Thy Word. Open thou mine eyes that I may behold wondrous things out of Thy Law.
Proverbs 26:4 Answer not a fool according to his folly, lest thou also be like unto him. 5 Answer a fool according to his folly, lest he be wise in his own conceit.
Father, please grant that I would not answer these people according to their folly, lest I would become like them and please grant that I would answer them according to their folly so that they would not be wise in their own conceits.
Luke 24:45 Then opened he their understanding, that they might understand the scriptures,
O Lord, please open my understanding that I would understand Thy Word.
2 Corinthians 10:4 (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;) 5 Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ
Heavenly Father, please grant me specific and clear insight into Thy Word that I would be mighty through Thee to the pulling down of strongholds, casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God in all my hearers, and please bring their every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ.
Ephesians 1:17 That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him: 18 The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints, 19 And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power, 20 Which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places, 21 Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come
God of our Lord Jesus Christ, Father of glory, please give unto me and to all the rest of Thy saints the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Thee: The eyes of our understanding being enlightened; that we may know what is the hope of Thy calling, and what the riches of the glory of Thy inheritance in the saints, and what is the exceeding greatness of Thy power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of Thy mighty power, which Thou didst wrought in Christ, when Thou didst raise him from the dead, and seat him at Thy own right hand in the heavenly places, far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come.
2 Timothy 2:7 Consider what I say; and the Lord give thee understanding in all things.
Lord, as I carefully consider what Thou hast said in this passage, please grant me understanding in all things that Thou hast said in Thy Word.
Titus 1:9 Holding fast the faithful word as he hath been taught, that he may be able by sound doctrine both to exhort and to convince the gainsayers.
Holy Spirit, please fill me now and grant me all manner of skillfulness in every skillful aspect of answering these wrong views so that I would be able by sound doctrine both to exhort and to convince these gainsayers.
James 1:5 If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.
Heavenly Father, I lack wisdom to know how to answer this wrong teaching. You have said that if any man lacks wisdom, he must ask of You Who gives liberally to all men and does not upbraid; and it will be given him. Do as You have said and grant me the wisdom that I need to answer this wrong teaching.
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