Prayer based on Proverbs Chapter 1 -- https://grace.space/ESV/Proverbs1
Thank you LORD, for using your servant, the son of David and king of Israel, Solomon to give us the book of Proverbs. I pray that as I study your word I will know wisdom and instruction, will understand words of insight, and will receive instruction in wise dealings — that in all those things it is done in righteousness, justice, and equity. I pray that your word not only gives prudence to the simple but also gives knowledge and discretion to the youth. May I be one of the wise that hears and increases in learning, and one who understands and obtains guidance. Help me understand the words of the wise, their proverbs, riddles, and sayings. I pray that I am not like a fool who despises wisdom and instruction; rather that through my fear of you it is the beginning of knowledge.
Father, help me hear your instruction and not forsake my mother’s teaching, and remind me that these gifts are a graceful garland on my head and pendants for my neck. Father! If sinners entice me, I pray that I do not consent. They want me to lie and wait for blood or ambush the innocent without reason, like a grave they swallow whole and alive, like those who go down to the pit. They seek all precious goods to fill their houses with plunder asking me to throw in and share in their purse — my Father, I pray that I do not walk in their ways and that I hold back my foot from their paths. Remind me that their feet run to evil, and they make haste to shed blood. You said, a net spread in vain is one set in the sight of a bird, yet these men set an ambush for their own lives and then lie in wait for their own blood. LORD, remind me that these are the ways of everyone who is greedy for unjust gain and that it takes away the life of its possessors.
O LORD, I pray that I hear your wisdom as she cries aloud in the noisy streets. That I will hear wisdom as she raises her voice in the markets and speaks at the entrance of the city gates. I ask that I heed her words and don’t love being simple, am not a scoffer that delights in scoffing nor that I am a fool who hates knowledge. Turn me at her reproof, as she pours out her spirit to me and makes her words known. May I not refused to listen when she calls and will heed when she stretches out her hand. May I not ignore all her counsel and would have all of her reproof. If I don’t she will laugh at my calamity and she will mock when terror strikes me. For when terror strikes me like a storm and your calamity comes like a whirlwind and when distress and anguish come upon me she will not answer when I will call upon her. I will seek her diligently but will not find her. It will be because I hated knowledge, did not choose the fear of the LORD, would have none of her counsel, and despised all her reproof — therefore I shall eat the fruit of my way, and have my fill of my own devices. For the simple are killed by their turning away, and the complacency of fools destroys them; but I pray that I listen to you, O LORD, will dwell secure and will be at ease, without dread of disaster.