Saying prayers for guidance should not be our last resort but our first course of action. Our God is more significant than all our fears, worries, and shortcomings. He is with us always, so let us seek His guidance and wisdom in everything we do.
Let’s admit it. When we make decisions, we wouldn’t pray and ask for God’s guidance and wisdom first. Nope, we’d consult with the people around us and deduce which options we ‘think’ is the best among them. Most of the time, when we ‘think’ we know what’s best, it’s because it seems like that option has the most favorable outcome. But let us not forget that our God is all-powerful, all-knowing, and ever-present. His guidance, wisdom, and direction should be and would always be the best.
Prayers for guidance shouldn’t be the last resort; it should be our first course of action. As we delve into this article, let us teach our hearts and minds to depend only on God. As God said in Jeremiah 29:11, only He knows the plans that He has for each of us. So who better to ask guidance from than God? I hope that we take the time to learn how to pray for guidance and learn to trust in God’s instructions and directions (Proverbs 3:5-6).
What are Prayers for Guidance?
God’s guidance can come in many forms. We know that we open our hearts and minds to receive God’s directions and teachings when we read the Bible. Besides that, God has also sent the Holy Spirit to be our guide and to remind us of God’s instructions and His promises (John 14:26). Isaiah 58:11 reminds us that God’s guidance is always with us.
We make decisions and plans daily, which is why we need to say our prayers for guidance from God. Matthew 7:7-8 says, if we lack wisdom and guidance, ask, and God will provide. Whenever we say a prayer for advice, we depend on God’s direction and counsel. By doing so, we are placing our trust in God, thus letting go of our worries of the unknown.
But we must also learn and practice that asking for God’s guidance shouldn’t be on a case-to-case basis. Matthew 6:33 reminds us to seek God first before anything else. So, let us make it a habit by saying our prayers for guidance to God in everything we do!
Why Should We Say Prayers for Guidance?
Our reasons to ask for God’s guidance and wisdom is limitless, but here is a list that sums it up:
For strength to trust in God’s plan
Following and trusting in God’s plan is never easy. God’s plans go beyond our understanding. Most of the time, we would opt to give them up in exchange for comfort and familiarity. But when we read the Bible, there are tons of blessings and promises that come with trusting God. Besides guidance and salvation, we also gain strength and courage (Isaiah 12:2) and protection from our enemies (Psalm 25:2).
We can never honestly know or fathom the greatness of God’s plan in our lives, only if we follow and be faithful until the end. So, let us take the necessary steps in trusting God. Teach our hearts and minds to be still and know that God has already taken care of our fears and worries because His plans were never to bring us harm but to give us hope and a future (Jeremiah 29:11).
Guidance and wisdom in making wise decisions
We will never really know what is right from wrong unless we ask for prayers for guidance from God. Remember what Proverbs 3:5-6 has taught us. Let us trust in the Lord with all our heart, put Him first before anything else, and God will make our paths straight. His guiding light will lead us to where we should go, so there is no need to worry.
If that isn’t enough for you, God has also gifted us the spirit of wisdom and understanding, counsel, and might (Isaiah 11:2). Because of the fear of the Lord, we can make decisions that are pleasing to God. Through His wisdom and guidance, other people’s opinions become background noise.
Prayer for direction and clarity when life is challenging
Life is and will always be challenging. More so, without God’s guidance and wisdom, it would be like navigating through a maze with a blindfold. Besides Proverbs 3:5-6, Psalm 32:8 and Psalm 37:23-24 can also be helpful reminders. To simply put, we are never alone. Time and time again, God has reminded us that He will always be with His people. As Psalm 46:5 said, when we are in His presence, we won’t ever fail because God is with us.
For direction on connections and relationships
We know that besides the Bible, God uses the people around us to convey His teachings and reminders. Thus we should say our prayers for guidance to lead us to people that would help us improve and grow (Proverbs 19:20-21). Let us also ask God to give us wisdom and discernment to choose people who yearn for God’s will. Because only God knows the desire of our hearts, so let us ask for prayers for guidance so that we would not be deceived (1 Corinthians 15:33).
What to Ask in a Prayer for Guidance?
Guidance from the Holy Spirit
The Bible teaches us that the Holy Spirit guides us to the truth, which is Jesus Christ (John 16:13). The Holy Spirit teaches us about Jesus and how to live the life that exalts God’s name. The Spirit also guides us to our purpose in life. When we seek God first, He will bless us with tools and gifts that will help prepare us for our calling.
But because of our sins and desires, it can get difficult to hear the voice of the Spirit. Yet when we confess and repent against our sins, we are allowing the Spirit to guide us once again (Galatians 5:16).
Guidance when life is changing
Life is constantly changing; nothing besides God is constant. So instead, let us embrace the change and the challenges that come with it. Let us hold firm on God’s promises and readily ask for His guidance, strength, provision, and protection. Always remember that we have hope and a future through God when we put our trust in Him (Jeremiah 29:11). Proverbs 23:18 reassures us that God has a definitive plan for us, so let us not be afraid and discouraged. Confidently ask for God’s guidance and release our worries unto Him.
Guidance in the day ahead
A new day gives us a chance at a new beginning. As much as we must pray for God’s guidance for the day, we should also lay down our residual regrets from the day before. Remind ourselves that God has forgiven us of our mistakes and shortcomings, and He has blessed us another day to learn from them.
Start the day by thanking Him for a new day to bask in His presence and love. Pray that with the latest opportunities, God’s guidance is resonant and transparent in our hearts so that we grow to be the person God has made us be. Then let our worries go so that we may set our minds on a higher calling. Ask that God helps us set aside our desires and replace them with His so that we can serve Him and give it our all.
Discernment and wisdom to hear God’s direction
God places people in our lives that He will use to guide us in the direction He wants us to go. Thus we should pray for God to help us discern His voice through the people that God is using to guide us. Ask that God teach our hearts to be sensitive to His voice above others and ourselves. Let us also pray that despite how hard the circumstances may get, let it not take our hearts and minds away from our primary purpose. Pray that God helps us use our hardships so that we may draw closer to His presence.
Bible Verses About God’s Guidance
When we do not know what or how to pray for guidance, let the Scripture be our guide.
Prayers for Guidance
Father, we come to you in prayer to ask for guidance. Lead us, O Lord, to where we should go and guide us to what we should do (Jeremiah 42:3). Please continue to teach our hearts to trust in You always (Proverbs 3:5-6). Help us seek first your kingdom before anything else (Matthew 6:33). Lay down our worries about everything else because You will always provide for us. Continue to use us for Your will, O Lord, direct our paths and bless us with confidence to follow through.
Prayer to trust in God’s plan
Lord, we would like to ask for forgiveness for the times where we have neglected Your guidance and leading. We ask that You continue to unveil the plans that You have for our lives (Jeremiah 29:11). Continue to teach us to trust in Your timings because only You know our end and our beginning. Please give us the patience to listen for Your voice and instructions and remind us that it is God’s will be done, not ours.
Prayer for strength
Lord, in times of trial and anguish or when I am already tired and weary, please bless me with strength that comes from You alone. Command me, O Lord, as you have David, Joshua, and Solomon, strong and courageous (Joshua 1:9; 1 Chronicle 28:20). Please help me cast away my fears, worries, and insecurities so that I will not be discouraged and afraid to do the work you have given me. Continue to remind me, O Lord, that You are with me always.
Prayer for wisdom
Father, we humbly ask for wisdom that comes from Your throne (James 1:5). Please bless us with insight to tell us which path we should take and what decision to make. Help us make wise decisions that would exalt your name and make You glad in us. We thank you, O Lord, for always providing for our needs. We know You are all-knowing, but we continue to thank You for allowing us to come to you in prayer to ask despite it all.
Prayer for protection
Father, we come to you today in thanksgiving for being our shield and comfort during our times of trouble. We thank you for reminding us to take refuge in You, for sheltering us, and surrounding us with your favor (Psalm 5:11-12). Father, we come to you again in prayer to ask for protection and guidance. Help us keep true to God’s promises so that we may not fall into temptation (Luke 22:40). Help us also deny ourselves, fill our hearts with your love so that we may set our hearts and minds to follow Your will.
Asking for God’s guidance should not be our last resort; it should be our first course of action. Before we do anything else, before we start a new task, let us first come to prayer and ask God to move and guide our every move. Because as Matthew 6:33 says, when we seek God first, everything else will fall into place.
I know that there are times when it is difficult to determine which leading is from God and which isn’t. But then, this should encourage us to strive harder in seeking God’s presence and calling. God’s work in our lives isn’t finished unless He deems it so. Until then, let us remain faithful and continue to be an example of God’s love and grace to others.