Throughout Scripture we are reminded of God’s direction over our lives. He is our good Shepherd who leads us and He desires that we follow the path that leads to joy and contentment. When we pray for God’s guidance and for discernment through the Holy Spirit, we can rest assured that God will provide wisdom! We do not have to worry about our next step or about tomorrow because we know who guides our way! Do not rush your day without going before God to seek guidance!
A Short Prayer for Guidance
Heavenly Father, thank You for Your guidance. Forgive me for getting ahead of Your plans, and help me know when to stop and listen for Your direction. Your ways are perfect, Lord. Thank You for offering gentle grace. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
– Kristine Brown
Prayer for Guidance from the Holy Spirit
Lord, I pray you would move the Spirit more boldly in my life. I know that any sin can grieve and diminish the voice of the Spirit, and I pray against the temptation to sin. Help me crave your presence more than I crave sin. Help me grow in the fruit of the Spirit and so walk closer with Yourself. I pray for guidance from your Spirit- let your will and promises always be a meditation of my heart. In Jesus’ Name, Amen
– Kenny Luck
A Prayer for Guidance When Life is Challenging
Lord, I’m here today with open hands and an open heart, ready to depend on you to help me through the day and all it will bring my way. Help me be like Nehemiah, help me come to you for guidance, strength, provision and protection. As I face tough choices and hard situations, help me remember my belovedness, help me remember that I am Your child and Your representative to the world around me. Help me live today in a way that brings honor to Your holy name. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
– Charles Stanley
Prayer for Guidance in the Day Ahead
Good morning, Lord! Today’s a new day, a chance for a new start. Yesterday is gone and with it any regrets, mistakes, or failures I may have experienced. It’s a good day to be glad and give thanks, and I do, Lord. Thank you for today, a new opportunity to love, give, and be all that you want me to be.
Today I want to start the day with you on my mind and in my heart. As I dress, let me wear the armor you’ve provided daily: the helmet of salvation, the breastplate of righteousness, the shield of faith, the belt of truth, the shoes of peace, and the sword of the spirit—with prayer on my tongue: praise for you and petitions for those around me and those I meet.
Feed me today with your daily bread. As the Bread of Life, your food, like manna, will sustain me throughout any trials and hungers. Help me to set my thoughts on things above and to speak only what will help and encourage others. Keep me from putting my foot in my mouth, and help me guard the affections of my heart today, Lord. Make whatever work I do be marked with excellence rather than perfectionism, as I seek not to make a name, but to make a difference. Help me to treat each person I encounter as you would, with respect and love, forgiving others and asking for forgiveness myself when needed.
As I start this day, help me remember that I belong to you, and my desire is to act accordingly. Keep my feet from stumbling and my mind from wandering into distractions that could steal precious time and energy from the most important things you have designed for me. I’m proud to be your child, Lord. And I’m so grateful that you died for me—rising again on your own new morning—so that every day could be filled with the wonder of your love, the freedom of your Spirit, and the joy of knowing you.
I know earthly life is short and fleeting, Lord. But I want to live today as if it were the first or the last day of my life, giving thanks for every good and perfect gift you choose to give. Today, and every day, I want to live my life for you, Jesus. In your precious name, Amen.
– Rebecca Barlow Jordan
A Prayer for Discernment and Wisdom When You Need God’s Direction
Lord, thank You for the people You have divinely placed in my life who speak holy truth, love and words of wisdom. Give me a heart of discernment to know when You are using someone to speak instruction into my heart and my circumstances, and give me the strength and courage to follow through with that advice, even when it’s hard. Fill me with peace in knowing that even if I take a wrong turn, Your purpose will prevail. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
– Tracie Miles
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Bible Verses about God’s Guidance
Psalm 25:4-5 – “Show me your ways, LORD, teach me your paths. Guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long.”
James 1:5 – “If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.”
Psalm 16:7-8 – “I will praise the LORD, who counsels me; even at night my heart instructs me. I keep my eyes always on the LORD. With him at my right hand, I will not be shaken.”
Proverbs 3:5-6 – “Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.”
Psalm 32:8-9 – “I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my loving eye on you. Do not be like the horse or the mule, which have no understanding but must be controlled by bit and bridle or they will not come to you.”
John 16:13 – “But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all the truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come.”
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A PRAYER FOR PROTECTION, CLARITY AND GUIDANCE
Great Spirit of Life and Love;
I ask that You show me the way when I cannot see.
I ask that You clear the path before me when I wander into the wilderness.
I ask that You calm my mind, and spirit when I am afraid.
I ask that You apply Your healing balm to the bumps and bruises from the journey.
I ask that You shelter me from the rain and raging winds of life.
I ask that You guide me along the green pasture and restore my soul.
I ask that You give me the strength to keep putting one foot in front of the other when I feel too tired to go on.
I ask that You be the wind at my back steadily urging me forward.
I ask that You anoint my head with oil and fill my cup to overflow.
I ask that You help me to get out of my own way and surrender to Your love.
I thank You Great Spirit for answering my call and for supplying each and every one of my needs.
I thank You for placing this prayer upon my heart and for answering it even before I prayed it.
I thank You for Your ever-present love that always endures, uplifts and encourages me.
I am so grateful. My heart is full.
I Let It Be So. And So It Is!
Amen, and amen
Rev. Danielle Hatchell
Using this format, people were really able to tap into the power of prayer during a 48 hour prayer vigil in preparation for a visioning event at our church. People especially appreciated the fact that they had a scripture to meditate on with every suggested activity.
How to do this prayer practice:
1. Make up a time chart for sign ups. We made up sign up sheets for the prayer vigil. People could choose to either pray at home or in the church sanctuary.
2. Print up the guidelines.
We printed out the guidelines on a single sheet of paper and had them available in the church during the vigil.
Here is a copy of our prayer vigil guideline format:
Enter into prayer by thanking God for the many wonderful ways our church shares God love. Praise God for those individuals you know who have grown closer to Christ at our church.
Scripture: We continually remember before our God and Father your work produced by faith, your labor prompted by love, and your endurance inspired by hope in our Lord Jesus Christ. I Thessalonians 1:3
Focus on who God is and what He has done in your own life. Meditate on the times and ways in your life when God has guided you.
Scripture: John 16:13 But when he, the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come.
Ask for spiritual vision and spend time listening to God.
Scripture: Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep step with the Spirit. Gal 5:25
Pray that our church will be led by the Holy Spirit during the visioning event and that each participant will come with a listening heart to be attentive to what others have to say. Pray that all will set aside their own desires and personal agendas and corporately work together to seek God’s direction.
Scripture: Then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and purpose. Philippians 2:2
For it is God who works in you to will and to act according to his good purpose. Phil. 2:13
Ask God to guide the participants to discover His top three goals/ areas of ministry focus for the next three to five years. Pray for good attendance at the visioning event so we can hear from as many people as possible in order to create a collective vision.
Scripture: From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work. Eph 4:16
I can only move my feet one at a time.
And I can only move my feet in the direction my eyes lead me.
Be the guide of my vision.
Turn my face to the path you have prepared for me.
Keep calling my attention,
tapping on my shoulder,
whenever I start staring towards my own
illusions and delusions.
In the name of Christ, the Light of the World, who illuminates our souls.
There’s a story behind this prayer. It came on a yellow piece of paper. It was folded into four parts.
On the outside were hand written words in pencil: A prayer for Jackie – I suggest you say this prayer, or at least, touch this piece of paper anytime you are going to talk about “the issue” in the next days.
At the time I was in my first relationship after having been divorced. My life had completely changed. The divorce had been very painful and I went through years of healing. “The issue” was the struggle I was having in this new relationship.
This note came from my choir director. We had become very close and he had been a stable, spiritual influence in my life. I talk about angels coming to help us when we need it and Marcos was certainly one of those for me.
The prayer meant so much to me that I wanted to share it with you. If you are seeking guidance, keep this prayer handy to help you stay on the spiritual path. “The issue” can be anything that you are struggling with as you seek a life guided by God.
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