Strength is so important. Strength to carry on, make decisions, persevere, etc. But sometimes strength isn’t enough. Life can throw you curveballs in such a way that you need strength and guidance. Guidance to channel your energy in the right direction. Guidance so that your efforts aren’t wasted. Guidance to make progress on things that actually matter.
You wouldn’t drive a car with no steering wheel, right? You also wouldn’t wouldn’t ride in a car knowing the brakes didn’t work. Me either.
That being said, I’ve found myself petitioning God for strength (as I often do) and still feeling “lost.” Lost – not as in the Christian sense, but lost as in “I have no idea what to do next.”
Have you been there? I have. Maybe that’s why you ended up here. If so, here’s a prayer for you to pray.
Prayer for Strength and Guidance
Dear Heavenly Father,
Thank you for the blessings you’ve given me. I am excited to do your will. Please give me the guidance necessary to choose the correct path ahead of me. Please allow me not to be confused by the options, and give me clarity to see what decisions you want me to make.
I trust in You to give me the words to say and the strength to make the correct decisions. I pray that you give me the strength and guidance necessary to do your will.
To You be the glory, Amen.
A prayer for strength and guidance cannot be where it ends. After you’ve prayed this prayer you must make a conscious effort to keep your eyes open for signs as to what to do. Your decisions will become easier, but you won’t see a straight and narrow path. The Bible teaches that it won’t be easy, and it won’t always be obvious, but if you make diligent effort, He will guide you.
Blessings be upon you.
…by the word of your lips I have kept myself from the ways of the violent. My steps have held to your paths; my feet have not slipped. I call on you, O God, for you will answer me; give ear to me and hear my prayer. (NIV)
God knows all things, but gives us the ability to choose. A major turning point is a Christian’s life is when they decide to turn their life’s direction over to Jesus. However, it doesn’t stop there. Once someone does this, now they have to listen to the directions of the Lord. Yet this voice can be very faint, and there can be many blocks between yourself and the Word. Daily prayer can help significantly in helping you find the right path. Trust in the Lord, and He will provide.
If you need a prayer for guidance and direction, try one of these prayers:
Oh my God, You know my weakness and failings, and that without Your help I can accomplish nothing for the good of souls, my own and others’. Grant me, therefore, the help of Your grace. Grant it according to my particular needs this day. Enable me to see the task You will set before me in the daily routine of my life, and help me work hard at my appointed tasks. Teach me to bear patiently all the trials of suffering or failure that may come to me today. Amen.
If you celebrate Mass, here is a prayer to pray after each one:
Lord Jesus, may everything I do begin with You, continue with Your help, and be done under Your guidance.
May my sharing in the Mass free me from my sins, and make me worthy of Your healing.
May I grow in Your Love and Your service, and become a pleasing offering to You; and with You to Your Father.
May the mystery I celebrate help me to reach eternal life with You.
There are also several Psalms that you can use directly as prayers. The Psalms were written during the time of King David, and many of them are ascribed to him. Psalm 25 is a good example:
To you, O Lord, I lift up my soul.
O my God, in you I trust;
do not let me be put to shame;
do not let my enemies exult over me.
Do not let those who wait for you be put to shame;
let them be ashamed who are wantonly treacherous.
Make me to know your ways, O Lord;
teach me your paths.
Lead me in your truth, and teach me,
for you are the God of my salvation;
for you I wait all day long.
Be mindful of your mercy, O Lord, and of your steadfast love,
for they have been from of old.
Do not remember the sins of my youth or my transgressions;
according to your steadfast love remember me,
for your goodness’ sake, O Lord!
Good and upright is the Lord;
therefore he instructs sinners in the way.
He leads the humble in what is right,
and teaches the humble his way.
All the paths of the Lord are steadfast love and faithfulness,
for those who keep his covenant and his decrees.
For your name’s sake, O Lord
pardon my guilt, for it is great.
Who are they that fear the Lord?
He will teach them the way that they should choose.
They will abide in prosperity,
and their children shall possess the land.
The friendship of the Lord is for those who fear him,
and he makes his covenant known to them.
My eyes are ever toward the Lord,
for he will pluck my feet out of the net.
Turn to me and be gracious to me,
for I am lonely and afflicted.
Relieve the troubles of my heart,
and bring me out of my distress.
Consider my affliction and my trouble,
and forgive all my sins.
Consider how many are my foes,
and with what violent hatred they hate me.
O guard my life, and deliver me;
do not let me be put to shame, for I take refuge in you.
May integrity and uprightness preserve me,
for I wait for you.
Redeem Israel, O God,
out of all its troubles.
If you have trouble staying in line with God’s commandments, here is another prayer that can keep you straight.
God the King eternal, who divides the day from the darkness, and has turned the shadow of death into the light of morning; I pray that this day you will incline my heart to keep your commandments, driving temptation from my mind. Guide my feet into the way of peace; that having done your will with cheerfulness while it was day, I may, when the night comes, rejoice in giving you thanks for a day lived in your presence; through Jesus Christ our Lord.
The most profound prayers are the ones that come from the heart. Tell the Lord that you are lost and need direction. He will hear you and guide your footsteps. Set your prayer in motion by delivering it through Holy Land Prayer. We will take it to the Church of the Holy Sepulcher where we will pray on your behalf that you’ll receive the guidance that you need. Be open to what might happen, and let your heart guide you. You may embark on a whole new route for your life!
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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
This Beautiful Version of Psalm 23 Had Me in Tears from biblestudytools on GodTube.
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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If I were to write in a Music score, it would always be a minor key. Yet, God made us unique, one-of-a kind gifted, special person. To each of us He has given a special task to understand for Him and for the building up of His people.
I grew up without both parents beside me; there was no parental guidance at all. With the persons around me, no questions are to be asked about the facts of life, just listen to all they say and obey every errand they asked and you’re good! But then, I have always been a believer in the power of prayers. That is why I would always utter a prayer for protection and a prayer for guidance.
I was eight years old when a bible teacher taught us the Ten Commandments under a big tree on a summer day. It was the day I could never forget for it was when I learned my dos and don’ts in life. I started to believe in God, memorized each line of the commandments. I was happy as a child then, I had a God and an angel who watched over me even if I didn’t have parents beside me.
As I grew older, I became a bit tougher than any ordinary kid in order to survive; there was no one to depend on, only God and an angel watching. I would spend time talking to God and uttering praise and worship prayers and a prayer for healing and strength. I had never done bad stuffs with other kids around but always helpful to them and to anybody. Always in church, obeyed the elders at home and in school.
I began to have a relationship as a teenager, longing for attention, affection and love. Yet along the way, there seemed to be a gap, it seemed that I belong somewhere else, not fitted to be in this world. My inner self was telling me that I’m a rebel. A rebel without a cause? I didn’t have any goals, no direction and purpose in life. I joined every group that I sensed could make me a better person, yet to no avail, as if God and or the angel were no longer watching over me. Along with my searching heart, I ended up in front of a highway, waiting for a big truck to run over me. Then I remembered one of the commandments. Then I was back again in the worldly sense of life, it was empty, lonely, hard, painful and depressing.
I couldn’t forget the day when I finally made my decision, to follow Jesus. I stepped forward in a congregation present myself to go on a mission. At least, I could say now to myself I’m a rebel, finally with a cause. I would spend most of my time looking into the lives of other people and understanding their battles in life. Yet, I always say a prayer for protection to God so that He would always protect me anywhere I go.
Days later, I immersed myself into studying His word with three bibles in front of me, English version, two different dialect versions, a typewriter, a pen and a pad paper. Then I learned that I was ignoring God’s word in my life. The emptiness, loneliness, hardships, pains and depressions were part of the consequences from ignoring God.
Life is not all about me, it’s all about who my God is. The God who knew me before I was in the womb of my mother. The God who has a plan for my life, and set me apart for a certain task. With this, I am very convinced that He deserves our endless gratitude and admiration. I do hope that everyone would utter praise and worship prayers for the Lord.
I said, “Forgive me Father, melt me and mold me into the being that you always wanted me to be. Thank you for Your Son Jesus, I am saved, greatly blessed and favored with Your love.”
“Now this is the eternal life; that they may know You, the one true God, and Jesus Christ,
Whom You have sent.” John 17:3
As I grow fonder of His Word, I began to appreciate every little thing around me, like a leaf that sprouts in spring, heard the birds singing, the value of everything of His breath that give us life- the every single living thing and most especially us, are all precious to Him. Indeed, God deserves our praise and worship prayers.