By Rev. Kurt Condra
My favorite prayers are those that affirm a more expansive experience of the divine. My heart is most open when I’m praying for deeper understanding. It’s in those moments that I am most aware of God in me and in all things.
That’s why I love the story of Solomon. My favorite passage is where God makes Solomon king and then asks what he wants. Solomon’s humble answer: an understanding mind. God is so impressed that He also gives what was not asked: riches and honor all of his life. (1 Kings 3:5-14).
If we have the sincere desire to serve God first, as Solomon did, spiritual understanding prevails every time. As we let go of how we think our lives, relationships, finances, and bodies should be, the peace of God which passes understanding can reveal Truth that is eternal. Blessings of wholeness, freedom and love are abundantly provided.
The serenity prayer is a powerful practice for accessing divine wisdom. I invite you to use it in your own prayer times. If you don’t already know it by heart, memorize it. Then use it whenever you're struggling with how things ought to be.
"God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change
The courage to change the things I can
And the wisdom to know the difference."