Here’s how to pray when you need direction or you’re faced with making a decision. God will lead you in the right way according to His promises.
“What’s the right choice?”
That’s the pressing question when we need direction, right? It was what I kept asking myself one day when timelines were closing in. A decision needed to be made!
My toddler down for nap, and my other kids occupied in activities sure to keep their attention for a long while, I ducked into my room. Anxious thoughts were bombarding my mind. It was time to take “the list” to God.
I closed the door softly to hopefully escape the notice of anyone in earshot. Distractions aren’t wanted right now.
There was an opportunity to join a book club, an invite to write for a new online writers hub, and a business webinar, all added to the other items that stirred my heart for weeks. In my current season, there was only room for one or two.
Sigh. What should I do?
I took a deep breath and started talking to God.
5 Verses to Pray When You Need Direction
We communicate with God through the avenue of prayer. Here are five verses I like to pray when I need direction.
Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path. Psalms 119:105 ESV
Just reading our Bible daily will give us direction. I once read about how the old-fashioned foot lamps would only give enough light to show the traveler the next step. So every time I read this verse, I remember that. It makes me think that we need to be at peace with only knowing one part of the picture at a time.
The heart of man plans his way, but the LORD establishes his steps. Proverbs 16:9 ESV
In my post, How to Thrive in Planning Ahead, I wrote that since God is one who practices planning, then it’s good for us too. Although we plan, God will help us know His will as we come to Him for direction.
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. Proverbs 3:5-6 ESV
The focus of this well-loved passage is often on trusting God. That is certainly part of what we need to do when we pray for direction! But I love the part that says, “In all your ways acknowledge him.” God desires to be involved in our life! He cares about the details, and all the challenges we face in a given day!
The meek will he guide in judgment: and the meek will he teach his way. Psalm 25:9 ESV
The first time I saw this verse I got so excited. Humility is important when we are seeking direction from God. He hates pride. I regretted the times I stubbornly thought I knew what was best for my life—pride was my ultimate guide in those cases. Now I try to remember that I must empty myself of what I think is best to correctly hear God’s voice.
I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my eye upon you. Psalm 32:8 ESV
The scholars are undecided on who is speaking in this verse. Some say the “I” is referring to God, others say it’s David. In that chapter, David is sharing his wisdom with those who would be receptive of it. Then he directs his words to God in prayer. After that it seems he continues talking to men again. Either way, we can be sure to receive divine guidance even through our mentors.God will lead you in the right way when you need direction.
How Peace Is Attached to Decisions
That afternoon in my room, I wrote down a list of all my options on a sheet of paper. I was tempted to cut them up and “draw lots” for God’s will.
The thought of making a decision that would take me down a road I’d later regret made my heart start beating anxiously.
Sometimes all the choices seem like they would be fine or even wise. But since we have to divide our time between our choices, then making the one that fits becomes a more important weight.
That’s why I’m glad God is our Guide.
Thus says the LORD, your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel, “I am the LORD your God, who teaches you to profit, Who leads you in the way you should go.” Isaiah 48:17 NASB
God promised to lead Israel, and as part of His family, we can be sure that He will lead us as well.
The way I look at it, since Jesus is “in me” (1 John 4:13), and He is the Prince of Peace (Isaiah 9:6), then His peace is going to rest on the decision that is right. He knows a great deal more than I do about any situation I consider.
If I make a decision that I’ve prayed about and asked for His leading on, and I don’t have a peace at all, then I know to wait and keep praying or maybe it’s just not the right decision.
Our Wise Father Gives Direction
So as you seek to discern God‘s guidance in life, ask yourself: Which of the options you’re hearing are pointing toward and accentuating the abundance of all He’s given you to be and do? Which one is free of fear, insecurity, and a sense of “I can’t?” Which one loosens you, and which one suffocates you? Which one… sets you free? — Priscilla Shirer, Awaken page 260
That day, I prayed those verses. While I didn’t hear the audible voice of God, or anything, I waited, senses tuned into Him. I only had peace when I considered a certain one out of the list of many choices. Some were for a later time, others never.
Our wise Father will lead us in the right way when we need His direction. We can take Him up on His promises and pray the verses above when we’re faced with making a decision.
We don’t have to be afraid that we’re going to make the wrong decision. Didn’t He say He would lead and guide us into all truth (John 16:13)? We have His Holy Spirit!
Trust Him. If we truly come to see His guidance, we will not be led astray. Consider wisdom from mentors, factor in biblical truths, and look for the one that gives peace.
What do you need direction from God about?
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