15 Prayers for Guidance – Receive Wisdom & Direction from God!

Throughout the scriptures we are reminded of God’s guidance over our lives. He is our good Shepherd who guides us when we ask for guidance. The Bible teaches that God’s plan is joy and contentment. When we pray for God’s guidance and discernment through the Holy Spirit, we can be sure that God will give wisdom! We don’t have to worry about our next step or tomorrow because we know who is showing us the way! Do not rush your day without going before God for guidance.

We have created a nice PDF version of these prayers for you to download and have with you all day as you seek God’s guidance and guidance.

A short prayer for guidance

Heavenly Father, thank you for your guidance. Forgive me for being ahead of your plans and help me know when to stop and listen in your direction. Your ways are perfect, Lord. Thank you for the gentle grace. In Jesus name, amen. – Kristine Brown

Prayer for wisdom

As we begin to take steps towards our goal, we ask you to give us wisdom. We ask in faith that, as your word promises, you will give us wisdom in every decision, big and small, if we serve our purpose. Thank you for not having to rely on our own understanding, knowing that your wisdom will guide us precisely to our goal. Thank you for coming to the throne and asking anything. We ask for your guidance and thank you for the gift and power of the Holy Spirit. In Jesus name, amen. – Alisha Headley, prayers for meaning

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Dear lord i need you today I need your direction Your advice. And I need your wisdom I believe that you, the counselor, are within me. Guide me today in your will. In Jesus name, amen. – Anne Graham Lotz

Prayer for direction

We thank you that, although we have our own conception of what our life should be, often according to our plans, that your ultimate purpose prevails. We ask that you point out to us as we set out to make plans that we are making them according to your will and not our own will. We ask that you remind us to stand by your side as we give up every detail to serve your greater purpose. Please align our hearts with yours, our ideas with yours and our will with yours. Because your ways are higher than ours and your plans are bigger than ours, and nothing is impossible with you. Guide us every step of the way. In Jesus name, amen. – Alisha Headley, prayers for meaning

Prayer for guidance from the Holy Spirit

Lord, I pray that you would move the Spirit more courageously in my life. I know that any sin can grieve and weaken the voice of the Spirit, and I pray against the temptation to sin. Help me yearn for your presence more than sin. Help me to grow in the fruit of the spirit and thus to come closer to myself. I pray for guidance from your spirit – let your will and your promises always be a meditation of my heart. In Jesus name, amen – Kenny Luck

A prayer for guidance when life is challenging

Lord, I am here today with open hands and an open heart, ready to rely on you to help me through the day and whatever it will bring me. Help me to be like Nehemiah, help me come to you for guidance, strength, care and protection. When I face difficult decisions and difficult situations, help me remember my love, help me remember that I am your child and your representative for the world around me. Help me live today in a way that lives up to your holy name. In Jesus name, amen. – Charles Stanley

A prayer for insecurities

Father, my heart is full of fear. It seems like I’m drowning in the insecurities of my life. Lord help me hand my fears over to you. Strengthen me to face each individual and to go through them, knowing that you are with me. I choose to trust you and doubt my fears. I vote against stress and for peace. I choose you, sir. In Jesus name, amen. – Mary Southerland

For the direction of future decisions

Lord, sometimes I would love to love a flashing neon sign or cloud to guide me and validate your will for the choices I face. But your presence is really what I want. Help me to rest because you know that you are always with me and if I stumble or go a wrong way you will lead me on your way. In Jesus name, amen. – Tracie miles

Thanks for wisdom

Jesus, thank you for giving us what we need most. Often times we think that we need knowledge, wealth, or luck when we need wisdom most of all. Thank you for loving us so much that you give wisdom generously and without fault finding. In Jesus name, amen. – Beth Mabe Gianopulos

For divine wisdom and judgment

Lord, thank you for the people whom you divinely have placed in my life and who speak the holy truth, love and words of wisdom. Give me a judgmental heart to know when you are using someone to teach my heart and circumstances, and give me the strength and courage to take this advice even when it is difficult. Fill me with peace knowing that even if I take the wrong turn, your intention will prevail. In Jesus name, amen. – Tracie miles

A prayer when you don’t know what to do

Dear God, times are really tough right now and life really got me down. I do not know what to do. I ask you to give me your wisdom. I don’t want to rely on my own knowledge anymore because it has let me down so often. I need to hear your voice Give me the judgment to hear your voice and your voice alone. Talk to me the way you know I can hear you best. I also pray for Your will, Lord. I give you the praise and honor in my circumstances because I know that I am exactly where you want me to be. I know this is to teach me something or help me grow. No matter what, I trust you and I ask you to show what is best in this situation. In the name of Jesus I pray. Amen. – Carrie Lowrance

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Prayer for guidance for the day ahead

Good morning Mr! Today is a new day, a chance for a fresh start. Yesterday is over and with it all the regrets, mistakes or failures I may have experienced. It’s a good day to be happy and thanked and I do, Lord. Thank you for today, a new opportunity to love, to give and to be all that I am supposed to be.

Today I want to start the day with you in my mind and heart. While dressing, let me wear the armor that you gave yourself 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 my tongue: Praise for you and requests for those around me and those I meet.

Feed me your daily bread today. As the bread of life, like manna, your food will support me in all trials and famines. Help me get my thoughts on the above and only say what helps and encourages others. Stop me from putting my foot in my mouth and help me keep the affections of my heart today, Lord. Let every work I do be shaped by excellence rather than perfectionism as I am not aiming to make a name but to make a difference. Help me treat everyone I meet as you would, with respect and love, forgiving others and asking for forgiveness myself when necessary.

At the beginning of this day, help me remember that I belong with you and my desire is to act accordingly. Prevent my feet from tripping and my thoughts from getting caught in distractions that could steal precious time and energy from the most important things you have designed for me. I am proud to be your child, sir. And I am so grateful that you died for me – rose again on your own new morning – so that each 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 was the first or the last day of my life and thank you for every good and perfect gift you 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 guidance

Lord, thank you for the people whom you divinely have placed in my life and who speak the holy truth, love and words of wisdom. Give me a heart of judgment to know when you are using someone to speak instructions into my heart and circumstances, and give me the strength and courage to take this advice even when it is difficult. Fill me with peace knowing that even if I take the wrong turn, your intention will prevail. In Jesus name, amen.
– Tracie miles

Bible verses about God’s guidance

Psalm 25: 4-5 – “Show me your ways, Lord, teach me your ways. Guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God, my Savior, and my hope is in you all day.”

James 1: 5 – “If any of you lack 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 advises me; even at night my heart teaches me. I always look to the LORD. With him at my right hand I am not shaken.”

Proverbs 3: 5-6 – “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not rely on your own mind; submit to him in all your ways, and he will straighten your paths.”

Psalm 32: 8-9 – “I will instruct you and teach you how to walk; I will advise you with my loving eye on you. Do not be like the horse or the mule, which have no mind, but must be.” controlled by bit and bridle, otherwise they won’t come to you. “

John 16:13 – “But when he, the spirit of truth, comes, he will lead you into the whole truth. He will not speak alone, he will only speak what he hears, and he will tell you what is left . ” come.”

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