As it dawns on us that prayer addresses the God of all creation, we realize that being a good son or daughter and friend means being responsible for our side of the relationship. When there is time and need for a thorough prayer process, we do not content ourselves with a quick glance “above” to see what may immediately come to mind. Responsibility demands preparation. It would not be right to ask God to do our homework for us, to clean up our mess, or in other ways to short-circuit the normal path of human effort. Instead, we do our best to work out a solution and then seek divine wisdom.
Once heart and mind are ready to receive a fresh input of divine wisdom, we let go of attachment to our interpretation of the landscape of meanings and values, and we open ourselves to the possibility that God may have something even greater for us. We become more receptive to the way God communicates wisdom to us: through divine truth, beauty, and goodness.
What experience do you have praying thoroughly for divine wisdom?