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5 Powerful Prayers For Guidance When Life Feels Confusing
I’m so grateful that God invites me to lift prayers of guidance to him.
Because here’s the deal…
Life can be really, really confusing sometimes. A lot of the time actually.
So many situations arise where we need the Lord’s guidance. Should I take this job? Should I marry this person? Should I move to this place? Should I attend this church?
The list goes on and on.
Life. Is. Challenging.
Am I right?
The good news is that God has promised to guide us and to answer our prayers for guidance. In Psalm 32:8, the Lord says:
“I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my eye upon you.”
The challenge is that we don’t always know what to pray when it comes to prayers of guidance. And so we find ourselves only able to say things , “Lord, please help me know what to do.”
And while there’s nothing wrong with that, I also believe that God has more for us. To help both you and I out, here are 5 prayers of guidance to pray when life feels confusing and complicated.
1. A Prayer For Guidance and Trust
The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters. He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake (Psalm 23:1-3).
Lord, I may not know what to do, but I trust that you have a good, sweet, sovereign plan for my life. Even though I may not know the way to go, you do, and I trust you to lead me every step of the way.
Your word says that you are my shepherd and that I am your sheep. I trust you to lead me beside still waters. I trust you to bring me to green pastures. You won’t leave me or forsake me. You’ll never abandon me. You’ll never stop doing good to me.
I refuse to trust in my own wisdom and my own discernment. Instead, I place all my trust and hope in you. I place all my faith in you. I place all my confidence in you. You are my rock. My hope. My strong tower.
I fully trust that you will guide me to the good place you have for me.
2. A Prayer For Guidance and Wisdom
If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him (James 1:5)
Lord, now more than ever, I need your wisdom. I don’t know the best way to go, nor can I see the best path to choose. There are so many options in front of me. And so I ask for your divine wisdom. I ask that you would please give me the clarity of thought and wisdom that only you can provide.
I thank you that you have promised to give me wisdom and to guide me. You have promised that you will direct my steps. You have promised that nothing can ever separate me from you, and that you will always lead me in paths of righteousness for your name’s sake.
So now I pray that you would please give me wisdom and guidance. I pray that you would make the way clear before me. That you would give me wisdom to carefully weigh out all the circumstances and to decide on what the right one is. I thank you that you will do this. I absolutely trust you to.
3. A Prayer For Guidance and Submission
Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him, and he will act (Psalm 37:5).
Father, as I consider the future and my need for guidance, I submit myself completely to you. I may have plans, but ultimately you are the one who establishes those plans. I may envision doing certain things, but you are the only one who can bring those things to pass.
And so I pray that you would help me to have a spirit of submission as I seek your guidance. Help me to humbly submit all my ways to you. I know that, ultimately, your ways are best and true and good. You will lead me in what is best, and so I joyfully submit myself to you.
Just as a child submits to his loving father, so I submit to you, my loving Father. I know that all the plans you have for me are for my good and your glory. And so I joyfully place my plans before you, trusting that you will bring to pass that which is good and gently turn me aside from that which is not.
4. A Prayer For Guidance and Peace
You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you (Isaiah 26:3).
Father, I confess that I am tempted to be afraid when life feels uncertain. When life feels confusing, I’m tempted to try to figure out everything myself, and when I do that, I become afraid. Because the reality is that I can’t figure the future out. Only you know the future. Only you know all things.
I ask that you would give me divine peace as I seek your guidance. You promise the peace that passes understanding. You promise to keep him in perfect peace whose mind is fixed on you. With that in mind, I am fixing my mind on you. I call to mind your faithfulness and goodness and trustworthiness.
I am trusting you. I am placing all my hope in you. When I do that, I find your peace. Please help me to keep my mind stayed on you, always trusting in who you are and your utter faithfulness. I can’t manufacture divine peace. Only you can give it to me. Thank you that you will give me your peace.
5. A Prayer For Guidance and Strength
Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go (Joshua 1:9)
Father, as I confront an uncertain future, I need your strength. Give me the strength to keep going forward, even when I don’t know the outcome. Give me the strength to trust you, even when I can’t figure out how everything will pan out. Give me the strength to not be afraid.
In and of myself, I am weak. I am frail. I don’t have enough strength. I need you to sustain me through the trial of uncertainty that I’m facing. I need you to give me divine strength because I feel very weak.
I thank you that when I am weak, you are strong. That when I’m fragile, you are invincible. That you won’t break a bruised reed or snuff out a smoking wick. Because that’s what I often feel when I’m facing an uncertain future. I’m counting on you to give me supernatural strength to keep pressing into you and pressing forward in my circumstances.
God Will Guide Us
The good news is that we have a Good Shepherd who will always lead us to green pastures and still waters. Yes, there will be times when we will walk through the Valley of the Shadow of Death. There will be times when the way ahead is shrouded in darkness and not clear.
But no matter the situation, we can be confident that God is guiding us. And so we can confidently lift up these prayers for guidance, knowing that God will indeed answer them.
Ask God for hope and guidance with these prayers
Prayers for hope are needed for every believer. There are often situations that bring us down and we may lose our hope and sometimes even faith. These simple prayers will help you deal with problems and see the light at the end of difficult times.
Father God in a world that is ever changing and in a society that has all but rejected the truth of Your Word, I thank You that You are our never-changing Saviour, Who knows the end from the beginning and has the universe in the palm of His hand. Develop in me an unwavering trust in the hope that is set before me, knowing that in Christ I have already received Your gift of eternal life, by grace — through faith in Christ Jesus my Lord.
May I learn more of Your divine character and perfect attributes – for the more I know You the more I trust You and the more I trust You the more I come to love You.
Develop in me an unwavering hope in Your promises, knowing that despite the evil and wickedness that seems to be suffocating all that is good and pure, Your plans and purposes for mankind will one day be brought to fruition, when Christ is all in all, and the whole world is brought into submission under His feet..
and He rules and reigns on earth as King of kings and Lord of lords. May I hope in You unswervingly and live my life to Your praise and glory, in Jesus name I pray,
One of the best prayers for hope and courage
Heavenly Father, my hope is in You alone as I face many storms of life that constantly seem to be battering at my door, with increasing intensity.
Lord, they seem billowing waves beating against everything that has spelt security in my life up till now and causing me to realise that without You I would be overcome in a moment of time.
Help me Lord to look to You and maintain that hope that I have in You, knowing that without You I am nothing, but with You at the helm of my life I have all I need to stand firm in the faith.Lord thank You that by Your grace I have been made a new creation in Christ and thank You for the promise of hope that is set before me in Him.
Thank You that my hope was founded on You the moment I first believed – but forgive me Lord… for over the years I know I have drifted far away from You as I tried, in my own strength, to be the captain my own life and negotiate through its little surges and swells by my own skill and cunning.
Lord I ask Your forgiveness for being so careless with my relationship with You, for You alone deserve my praise and thanksgiving for You alone are the source of my life and the sphere of my hope – You are the faithful Shepherd of the sheep and the Rock upon Whom my hope is founded.
Lord I pray that as the intensity of life’s storms increase all around me, that I may cling ever closer to You, and rest all my hope upon You, for You alone are worthy, in Jesus name I pray,
Effective prayer for new hope
Thank You Father that my eternal future is built upon Christ Jesus my Lord and I pray that I may hold unswervingly to the hope I have in Him, knowing that He Who died on the cross to pay the price for my sins, and drew me with His cords of everlasting love into His family, is faithful to complete the good work that He started in my life for His word stands fast for ever and ever.
May I never forget on Whom my hope is founded, knowing that He became sin for me so that I might become the righteousness of God in Him.
May I stand firm on the confession of my faith and develop a living hope, that stands fast in the day of trouble — knowing that in Him I can face all that this life throws at me.
My hope is indeed built on nothing less than the Lord Jesus Christ and His righteousness – thank You for the living hope I have in Him,
Thank You Father that our hope, which is rooted and grounded in Christ Jesus is not for this world only, but has a most glorious and eternal perspective, for as Paul told the Corinthian believers that if we were only to hope in this life, we would be pitied more that anyone else, but praise be to God, that our hope is in Christ, Who has been raised from the dead.
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Thank You Father that our citizenship is in heaven and Christ Jesus is that blessed Hope, for whom we all eagerly await, knowing that when we see Him we shall be changed in His ness – what a glorious hope we have in Him.. a hope that is secured for us in heaven, for which we praise and glorify Your holy name.
May we set our heart and minds on things above, knowing that Christ is, seated at the right hand of God and our life is hid with Christ in God and we are complete in Him. Father thank You for this spiritual hope that we have in Him, knowing that He is our eternal and abundant life and that when He appears we too will appear with him in glory. Praise Your holy name ,
Prayer Of Thanks For My Hope In Christ
Father, I want to praise and thank You for the living hope that I have in Christ Jesus my Saviour. Thank You that He is the same yesterday, today and forever and that I have been placed in union with Him. Thank You for the confident assurance I have in Him, knowing that my eternal future is secured for me in heavenly places – in Christ Jesus my Saviour.
Thank You that my hope in firmly anchored in Him and eternally secured in Christ the Rock of my salvation, and I pray that day by day I may hold fast to the blessed hope that is set before me.
Looking to Jesus, the Author and Finisher of my faith — knowing that my Lord Jesus Christ is the mainstay of our soul, and Who is both sure and steadfast – faithful and true.I praise and thank You for my wonderful hope in Christ, who died for me that I might have abundance of hope in this world,and in the ages to come, life everlasting. To Him be all praise and glory, world without end, Amen.
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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. 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 Luc
A prayer for guidance during life challenges
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 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 honour to Your holy name.
In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
— Charles Stanley
Be sure to pray from the bottom of your heart and pray for your nearest and dearest ones every day!
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7 Prayers For Forgiveness and Repentance
Forgiveness and repentance go hand-in-hand in a Christian’s life. We must learn to always forgive others and to ask for forgiveness ourselves. Without repentance, we are liable of judgment from God.
If we withhold forgiveness to others, forgiveness will also be withheld from us. Here are 7 prayers focusing on forgiveness and repentance.
May we all strive to live as holy as possible by allowing the Spirit to convict us of our sins and to forgive others that sin against us.
There are no words to express how filthy I feel every time I break Your heart. The guilt and the shame are overwhelming! Lord, I need Your touch right now. I am so sick of being “born again” and still doing the things I hate doing. Paul, I am conflicted.
“For I do not do what I want, but do the very thing that I hate.” (Romans 7:15) I am so sorry! Father, I ask for Your forgiveness right now. I am shocked that my life has come to a point where even some sins don’t affect me at all.
Father, I have some hard layers on my heart that need peeling. Please give me a 100% heart of flesh. The hardness is a barrier between us that I can’t stand! I love You and I am so regrettably sorry for my selfish actions. Thank You for Your forgiveness, Lord.
Without forgiveness I am nothing. With Your forgiveness I am whole again. I praise Your Name! Amen
Strength To Forgive Others
With Your forgiveness I am whole again. I praise Your Name! Amen
I can’t seem to shake the harm that’s been done to me off my shoulders. I am wallowing in the anger I feel. Lord, I shouldn’t think the vengeful thoughts that I have. You have called me to forgive every single person that wrongs me. I need Your strength to overcome these trespasses against me. Father, I want to forgive these people.
Please cast the devil’s evil ways from me. I want to look at these people and see lost souls that need You. I want to forgive them completely so that You can use me however You wish, to be Jesus to them. Father, I am done with holding these grudges! Forgive me for holding on to them. I cast this burden at Your throne now. Do with me as you please Father.
I love You and thank you for Your patience with me. Amen
Why do You forgive us? We shout praises to You when we sing worship. With the same tongue we curse other people that are made in Your image. (James 3:9 reference) Why do You forgive us? We say we love You and still keep sinning.
Why do You forgive us? We spend time in prayer thanking You for your blessings and then we refuse to bless others. Why do You forgive us? We read our Bibles when we make time for it, but we also read other nonsense that is offensive to You.
Why do You forgive us? We praise Jesus for His death on the cross for the atonement of our sins and then we nail Him to it again every time we trespass against You. Why do You forgive us every single time? I am so thankful for your endless supply of forgiveness! I can’t fathom how You do it, for I am only one man.
You do this for every single person! The compassion and grace and mercy that flow from You is absolutely amazing and I love You for it! Thank you so much for forgiving me every time I sin! You are worthy to be praised! Amen
Repentance From Unbelievers
Father in heaven,
My heart grieves for those close to me that do not want to know You. They are lost souls wandering wherever the devil takes them. They are fulfilling their own desires of the flesh instead of yearning for the life that You give.
Father, use me or anyone that You please to show Christ- love to them. Father, I love these men and women and to think of them in eternal torment is tormenting me! I pray that the seeds that are planted in them Lord will be grown by You.
You make miracles happen every day and I pray that You make one today in the lives of the lost. I praise Your Holy Name! Amen
Forgiveness For Children
Just as Job continually offered burnt offerings to you for the forgiveness of his children, (Job 1:5) I am praying for the forgiveness of mine. Lord, only You know what they have done. If they have sinned against You I pray that You would forgive them.
I pray that they would seek repentance to make things right with You. Lord, if there is any sin that needs to be forgiven, I pray that You would soften their hearts and bring them safely into Your arms of grace and mercy.
I thank you for Your unlimited love for us! Amen
You are all-powerful! Even Your thoughts produce action. I pray for our leaders in the government. Lord, they also have power, though it is limited. I pray that they would use their positions wisely, for You are the One who has allowed them to lead us. We need strong men and women of faith in these kinds of roles.
I pray that our men and women in authority will strive to live godly lives and to repent when necessary. As in Animal Farm, “Absolute power corrupts absolutely.” If there is any corruption, I pray that our leaders would repent and ask for forgiveness, so that our country doesn’t fall apart.
I thank you for our leaders and pray for their safety. I love you Father! Amen
I pray for pastors around the world. If there is any un-confessed sin active in their lives, I pray that You would bring them to the deepest valleys if that is what it takes to get them back on the narrow path. We need strong pastors leading our congregations.
I pray that You would use the people closest to their pastors to keep them accountable, Lord. Accountability is a must in every Christian’s life. I thank you for our pastors, Lord, for they have a huge role to play here on earth.
They have many big responsibilities and I am so grateful that they accept the challenges of pastoring. I love You, Lord! Amen
Forgiveness is absolutely necessary in a Christian’s walk with the Lord. “Forgive us our sins, for we ourselves forgive everyone who is indebted to us.” (Luke 11:4) God bless you as you live a life worthy of the calling!
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