Lord Jesus, we know very little about Your childhood from the scriptures. We do know that You were remarkable. From Your eighth day, we know that “He grew and became strong, was filled with wisdom and the grace of God was upon Him.”
And when twelve years old, You ”sat among the teachers in the temple courts, amazing people at His understanding and answers.”
Then we learn You were obedient to Your earthly parents and “grew in wisdom and stature and in favor with God and man.”
Lord, that is my desire as well, to grow “in wisdom and stature and in favor with God and man.”
I pray You would help me grow in being able to understand, remember, and apply learning and knowledge to my life; which we call wisdom. But not just from a worldly viewpoint. I would desire to have godly wisdom, from the Holy Spirit, to teach me of You, to know You better, to see things from Your perspective.
Lord, help me grow in stature, which means maturity. That may require reexamining and putting away some childish thoughts and behaviors. It means not being led only by ego, or emotions or selfishness. Instead, lead me to develop a responsible sense of accountability when it comes to my relationship with You and with others.
Lord, I mostly desire to grow in favor with You. Show me where I am missing that mark, and turn my path back to You. Before I act, let me ask, “Will this draw me closer to the Lord, or farther away?”
That way, when a crisis comes, like what the world is facing today, I would not only have the wisdom to know what to do, and the peace to act, but I would be able to share that peace with others to help them cope.
Thank You Father, that You have shared your wisdom with me, and that I do have peace.
Let me be strong, and show others the peace that You offer and the grace that I live in, thanks to You. Amen