I’m so grateful that God invites me to lift prayers of guidance to him.
Because here’s the deal…
Life can be really, really confusing sometimes. A lot of the time actually.
So many situations arise where we need the Lord’s guidance. Should I take this job? Should I marry this person? Should I move to this place? Should I attend this church?
The list goes on and on.
Life. Is. Challenging.
Am I right?
The good news is that God has promised to guide us and to answer our prayers for guidance. In Psalm 32:8, the Lord says
“I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my eye upon you.”
The challenge is that we don’t always know what to pray when it comes to prayers of guidance. And so we find ourselves only able to say things like, “Lord, please help me know what to do.”
And while there’s nothing wrong with that, I also believe that God has more for us. To help both you and
1. A Prayer For Guidance and Trust
The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters. He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake (Psalm 23:1-3).
Lord, I may not know what to do, but I trust that you have a good, sweet, sovereign plan for my life. Even though I may not know the way to go, you do, and I trust you to lead me every step of the way.
Your word says that you are my shepherd and that I am your sheep. I trust you to lead me beside still waters. I trust you to bring me to green pastures. You won’t leave me or forsake me. You’ll never abandon me. You’ll never stop doing good to me.
I refuse to trust in my own wisdom and my own discernment. Instead, I place all my trust and hope in you. I place all my faith in you. I place all my confidence in you. You are my rock. My hope. My strong tower.
I fully trust that you will guide me to the good place you have for me.
2. A Prayer For Guidance and Wisdom
If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him (James 1:5)
Lord, now more than ever, I need your wisdom. I don’t know the best way to go, nor can I see the best path to choose. There are so many options in front of me. And so I ask for your divine wisdom. I ask that you would please give me the clarity of thought and wisdom that only you can provide.
I thank you that you have promised to give me wisdom and to guide me. You have promised that you will direct my steps. You have promised that nothing can ever separate me from you, and that you will always lead me in paths of righteousness for your name’s sake.
So now I pray that you would please give me wisdom and guidance. I pray that you would make the way clear before me. That you would give me wisdom to carefully weigh out all the circumstances and to decide on what the right one is. I thank you that you will do this. I absolutely trust you
3. A Prayer For Guidance and Submission
Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him, and he will act (Psalm 37:5).
Father, as I consider the future and my need for guidance, I submit myself completely to you. I may have plans, but ultimately you are the one who establishes those plans. I may envision doing certain things, but you are the only one who can bring those things to pass.
And so I pray that you would help me to have a spirit of submission as I seek your guidance. Help me to humbly submit all my ways to you. I know that, ultimately, your ways are best and true and good. You will lead me in what is best, and so I joyfully submit myself to you.
Just as a child submits to his loving father, so I submit to you, my loving Father. I know that all the plans you have for me are for my good and your glory. And so I joyfully place my plans before you, trusting that you will bring to pass that which is good and gently turn me aside from that which is not.
4. A Prayer For Guidance and Peace
You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on
Father, I confess that I am tempted to be afraid when life feels uncertain. When life feels confusing, I’m tempted to try to figure out everything myself, and when I do that, I become afraid. Because the reality is that I can’t figure the future out. Only you know the future. Only you know all things.
I ask that you would give me divine peace as I seek your guidance. You promise the peace that passes understanding. You promise to keep him in perfect peace whose mind is fixed on you. With that in mind, I am fixing my mind on you. I call to mind your faithfulness and goodness and trustworthiness.
I am trusting you. I am placing all my hope in you. When I do that, I find your peace. Please help me to keep my mind stayed on you, always trusting in who you are and your utter faithfulness. I can’t manufacture divine peace. Only you can give it to me. Thank you that you will give me your peace.
5. A Prayer For Guidance and Strength
Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go (Joshua 1:9)
Father, as I confront an uncertain future, I need your strength. Give me the strength to keep going forward, even when I don’t know the outcome. Give me the strength to trust you, even when I can’t figure out how everything will pan out. Give me the strength to not be afraid.
In and of myself, I am weak. I am frail. I don’t have enough strength. I need you to sustain me through the trial of uncertainty that I’m facing. I need you to give me divine strength because I feel very weak.
I thank you that when I am weak, you are strong. That when I’m fragile, you are invincible. That you won’t break a bruised reed or snuff out a smoking wick. Because that’s what I often feel like when I’m facing an uncertain future. I’m counting on you to give me supernatural strength to keep pressing into you and pressing forward in my circumstances.
God Will Guide Us
The good news is that we have a Good Shepherd who will always lead us to green pastures and still waters. Yes, there will be times when we will walk through the Valley of the Shadow of Death. There will be times when the way ahead is shrouded in darkness and not clear.
But no matter the situation, we can be confident that God is guiding us. And so we can confidently lift up these prayers for guidance, knowing that God will indeed answer them.