Prayer to help make the right decision

by Latoya Philander (Guyana)

I am hurting. I am living with my boyfriend. he doesn’t spend any time with me or take me anywhere. When i talk to him he dont care to liesten to me its like i dont exiit for him i am alone in this house he works from sunday to sunday.

He dont like to be home he doesnt see how its hurting me i want to move out and go on with my life i dont see a future with him i want to go and do a nail course but he dont want to support me.

should i stay with a man that doesn’t care about me? Please, i am not happy here at all i want to get baptized and i cant because we are not merried and he dont want to get merried.

please pray for me in making the right decision. i am so tired of being tired of being this way i feel i am wasteing my life with a man who dont love me. thank you for praying for me in makeing the right decesion. god bless you.

In life we make various decisions, and God is very much interested in the decisions we make. He doesn’t just want you to make the right decision, but He wants to guide you as you make it – God knows what is best for you and His plan is to reveal it to you and show you what you should do. To successfully scale through the series of decisions we make daily in life, it is most vital that we have a clear understanding of what the Bible teaches concerning God’s guidance and render prayers for guidance in decision making, how to ask Holy Spirit wisdom.

Decision often requires immediate action. Oftentimes, we are faced with the burden of making important decisions that can either make us or mar us. We sometimes make the mistake of setting God aside or even abandoning the place of prayers for guidance in decision making. “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:6-7).

Different Prayers for Guidance in Decision Making

  • Pray for Peace

“…thoughts of peace, and not of evil to give you an expected end” (Jeremiah 29:11).

Father, I pray for peace upon my heart today, the peace of mind that will last eternally – a peace that only you can provide. Oh Lord, strengthen and give me your peace that will wash out my restlessness, anxiety and uneasiness. Give me victory, Lord, from the enemy that is bringing confusion and worry into my mind. Oh Lord, fill me with your peace that will stand as the conviction in any decision I make in life. In Jesus name I pray. Amen.

  • Pray for Wisdom – Ask Holy Spirit Wisdom

“If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God… “(James 1:5).

Holy Spirit, fill me with the wisdom that I need to succeed in my life decisions. Help me with your wisdom daily as I battle through tough decisions in my career, marriage, business, finances, academics and ministry. Teach me, Lord, not to depend wholly on my own thoughts and opinions. I need your wisdom to do the right thing at the right time. Oh Lord, help me with the wisdom to choose rightly – and to choose the right way in Jesus Christ name I pray. Amen.

  • Pray for God’s will

“…nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done” (Luke 22:42).

Oh Lord, my Father, forgive me of the sinfulness and selfishness of always allowing my will to prevail over your will in every of my actions. Help me, Lord, truly believe and trust you as the only good and caring God who always desires the best for me. Let your will be done in my life daily, as I simply devote myself in total obedience to your word. This I pray in Jesus name. Amen.

  • Pray for a humble spirit

“The meek will he guide in judgement: and the meek will he teach his way” (Psalms 25:9).

Lord, today I pray for a humble spirit to depend on you totally in my life decisions. You promised me in your word that you will lead the humble in what is right and teach the humble his way. Father, I decrease that you might increase in me. Grant me your guidance, and with it grant me the humble obedience to accept it in Jesus name. Amen.

  • Pray for discernment

“But the natural man receives not the things of the spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned” (1 Corinthians 2:14).

Oh Lord, open my eyes to see whatsoever that is hindering me from attaining spiritual progress in life. Help me to make bold decisions as I discern the next steps I need to take in my life. Amen.

  • Pray for His instruction

“I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go: I will guide thee with mine eyes” (Psalms 32:8).

Lord, Guide me into the right decision. Instruct me not to necessarily choose what I want to do, but what you want me to do. Help and guide me so that I will not be strayed while making life decisions. Holy Spirit teach me your word in Jesus name. Amen.

Reasons behind prayers for guidance in decision making

God is the foundation of all wisdom. He alone has the ability to view your life in a comprehensive standpoint. We see a portion of the picture, but God sees it all. Involving Him in your prayers as you go through life decision will assure your life success.

  1. So that God can help us understand our choices more clearly, and then decide which is best for us to choose.
  2. So that we can seek God’s will before taking a major decision that will affect our lives.
  3. It’s because God loves us, He wants what is best for us and He wants to guide us.
  4. Since God is Omniscience, Omnipotent and Omnipresence – it means His ways are always best. So we need His best plan to help us through our decisions.
  5. So that we will not fall prey to Satan’s deceit in making the wrong decision that might look so correct in our eyes.

Prayers for guidance in decision making, goes a long way in helping us act the mind and will of God for our lives. Through prayers, the Holy Spirit our Counselor who is ever with us, bids us to bring our decisions before Him.


If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all. James 1:5

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths. Prov. 3:5-6

Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts. Col. 3:15

So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God. 1 Cor. 10:31

For this is the will of God, your sanctification. 1 Thess. 4:3

     Dear heavenly Father, you number our hairs and determine our days; you hang the stars and feed the sparrows; you open doors no one can shut and shut doors no one can open. Surely, we can trust you when the time comes for making big decisions, or for that matter, any decisions. I’m in just such a season again, Father, and I know I’m not alone. We will trust you for generous wisdom, straight paths and peaceful hearts, all for your glory.

     How we praise you for being the decision-making-God. It’s not our decisions, but yours that make all the difference. We will plan, but we trust you to order our steps. We will pray, but ask you to fix our prayers en route to heaven. We will seek counsel, but count on you to overrule faulty or incomplete input from our most trusted friends and mentors. We will search the Scriptures, but not looking for proof texts but for you, Father. All we want and need is you.

     Free us from the paralysis of analysis—wanting make the right decision, more than we want to be righteous people; wanting to be known as wise people, more than we want to know you. Free us from the idolatry of assuming there’s only one “perfect” choice in any given situation. Free us from making decisions primary for our comfort and other’s approval, or fear their disapproval. Free us to know that good choices don’t always lead to the easiest outcomes, especially at first. Free us from second and twenty-second guessing our decisions.

     Father, no matter if it’s wisdom about buying or selling, vocation or vacation, this place or that place, this person or that person, we know that in ALL things, your will is our sanctification—our becoming more and more like Jesus. Give us this passion; make it our delight.

     So, Father, make us more and more like Jesus, even as we trust you for the opening and closing of doors that are in front of us. All for your glory—in our eating and drinking; and in our whatever’s, whenever’s and wherever’s. So very Amen we pray, in the name of our reigning King, Jesus.

prayer to help make the right decision


Someone said, “There are two sides to a sheet of flypaper, and it makes a big difference to the fly which side he chooses.” The decisions we make today will determine our tomorrow. In today’s sermon let me share with you six practical but biblical tips about making sound decisions and these will help you make the next big decision in your life.

1. Obey God’s Word

Read 1 Kings 13:1-24

I. In the Bible God has clearly expressed his will concerning many real life matters. It is foolishness to seek his will when the answer is obvious.

II. The decision has already been made by him, and his decision is final. Your prayers cannot change it.

III. At this point only obedience is required. Besides your first decision in every matter should be to fully obey the word of God.

2. Beware of the Facts

Read Luke 14:28-30

I. A fact is a thing known or proved to be true. You need to have clear first hand information before finalizing a decision.

II. The old proverb “Look before you leap” is appropriate here. Never take chances when making crucial decisions.

III. Any surprises encountered after the decision has been made can be very costly. Checking your facts is the only way you can avoid them.

3. Weigh the Consequences

Read Luke 14:31-32

I. “I just wasn’t thinking” is a very common excuse today. Unfortunately excuses can’t change the consequences of a poor decision.

II. One careless decision can lead to long-term consequences. Such consequences can last even after your death.

III. Good decision making takes long range thinking. Don’t make decisions when you are not in your right mind.

4. Don’t rush Decisions

Read 1 Samuel 13:5-15

I. Someone said, “Deprive yourself of sleep before making the decision. Not after.” Most of us do the latter.

II. Priority and urgency are not the same. Decisions driven by urgency often prove to be wrong while decisions driven by priorities prove to be right.

III. You need to realize how the decisions you make now will affect you in the long run. Be patient and think carefully.

5. Listen Carefully

Read 1 Kings 12:1-24

I. The focus here is on experience and spiritual maturity. A mature and wise person who had been there, done that can often provide helpful insight.

II. Seek help with an open mind because their assessment of the situation often will be different from yours.

III. Choose carefully. Godly counselors will not try to force you into a decision against your will. They will attempt to help you make the right decision.

6. Pray about it

Read Genesis 24:1-21

I. Last but not least prayer is the most important step. Season your prayers with the factors I mentioned previously.

II. Sometimes our prayers are not answered, because they conflict with the word of God and the other factors.

III. When you pray without knowledge, you end up making emotionally oriented decisions. When your prayers are informed, your decisions become more result oriented.


There’s no such thing as one size fit all approaches to making good decisions. Thankfully God will help us. If we wait patiently and do as his word instructs us.

Image: Lauren Macdonald

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