This is what the Lord says “Let not the wise boast of their wisdom or the strong boast of their strength or the rich boast of their riches, but let the one who boasts, boast about this: that they have the understanding to know me, that I am the Lord, who exercises kindness, justice and righteousness on earth, for in these I delight, declares the Lord.

        God, we tend to boast in our successes, the people we have known or met, or our incredible wit, and even in our own moral superiority. We don’t boast in obvious ways, but we want to be noticed. We post what we want others to notice on Facebook, we redirect conversations to ourselves. Father help us to value knowing you and to have little regard for whether others seek our wisdom or whether we are known for having great taste. Rather help us to deeply know you, to know your wisdom, strength, and riches. Help us to know your ways. 

We trust that you delight in us as your children, so make your ways known to us we pray. We have trusted not in money or weapons, but we have trusted in you. So please show us your character and your goodness. Make your justice, that your commitment to what we deserve and your righteousness, your commitment to your promises apparent we pray because we live in a world where your ways are not readily known. As we enjoy your delight, help us enjoy the rewards of your delight, the opportunity to deeply know you. Help us to pray, help us to want to pray, help us to know how to pray. We pray