Prayer For Direction In Life
5 Simple Ways to Strengthen Your Prayer Life
- Christina Patterson
- 2017May 18
If there is one thing I've learned in my Christian life, it is that prayer is powerful. Through the power of prayer I have seen lives changed, bodies healed, and hearts transformed.
And that was just in my own life! What I love the most about prayer is it doesn't have to be complicated.The 5 minute prayer at the sink washing dishes can be just as effective as the hour-long prayer in your prayer closet.
The effectiveness of your prayer does not have to do with rituals, time spent, or big words. Here are 5 ways all of us can become more effective in our prayers.
If we are going to pray about something and then go worry about it, we defeat the entire purpose of prayer. Prayer and faith go hand-in-hand. We really can't pray without faith.
We have faith there is a God to whom we pray, and that He might actually listen to us. But for really effective prayer that goes beyond listing off our requests to God, we need to also follow our prayer up with more faith.
Once we pray about it we need to let the worry go, and trust that whatever we prayed about is safely in God's hands now.
We are more distracted than ever before. With all manner of entertainment and social connection at the tip of our fingers, we are constantly tempted to lose focus.
We also have 100 things running through our mind at one time.
More than I'd to admit, I've been in prayer and my mind slipped into thoughts about what's going on tomorrow or what I should have said in an earlier conversation with a friend.
Distractions are everywhere and they are hindering our ability to hear from God. So, how can we stay focused during our prayer time? I to remind myself that all the to-do, obligations and unfinished conversations will be right there waiting for me when my prayer time is over.
I resist the pressure to make something else more important than this time with God. I also sometime leave my electronics in another room. I will use my actual physical Bible instead of my Bible app when spending time with God.
This prevents me from peeking over at my phone to see who just texted me when I'm right in the middle of praying.
3) Schedule Prayer
One major struggle that prevents me from praying is not knowing what exactly to pray about. For this reason, I've devised a prayer schedule. I have designated a certain person or area in my life to pray for on specific days.
So I know on Tuesdays I pray for my son. On Thursdays I pray for my husband.
I don't always follow this schedule and of course if anything else comes up I pray for that too, but if I'm ever at a loss for words it's nice to have a handy prayer schedule I can always go to for direction.
Prayer schedules also work when we have an abundance of prayer requests. It takes pressure off feeling we need to spend 12 hours praying for everything at once by conveniently breaking up our prayer time.
4) Pray without Ceasing
As helpful as prayer schedule are, we don't need to limit ourselves to them. The Bible tells us to pray without ceasing (1 Thessalonians 5:17). We don't have to wait until bedtime or before dinner to pray.
We can pray while driving to work, washing our hair, or walking the dog. One of my favorite places to pray is at my kitchen sink.
When we don't place limits on when we should pray, it becomes a natural rhythm in our lifestyle and we become less ly to skip this powerful discipline.
5) Start with Worship
As I stated before, effective prayer goes beyond only asking God for what we want. Real change occurs when prayer also focuses on God and what He wants. One of the best ways I've found to do this is through worship.
Before I pray, I love playing worship music and getting my mind and soul ready to commune with God.
Starting prayer with a focus on God and not myself helps me to accomplish one of the most important goals of prayer: realizing God is bigger than all my problems.I hope these tips help you get the most your prayer time. Let me know, what tips would you add to this list for more effective prayer?
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Christina Patterson is a wife and stay-at-home mom with a passion to encourage women in the love of Jesus Christ and the truth of God’s Word.
When she is not folding laundry or playing blocks you will find her with her head deep in her Bible or a commentary.
She holds her masters in Theology from Liberty University and is the founder of Beloved Women, a non-profit providing resources and community for women to truly know who they are in Christ: His Beloved. She blogs at belovedwomen.org.
Powerful Prayers for Guidance and Protection [Quotes & Verses]
God is always there for us, even when we doubt and falter. Praying for guidance can help you find your path again and we can help you deliver your prayers to one of the holiest places in the world, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre.
Experience the change that truly powerful prayers can make in your life and allow the Church’s religious order to pray for you, using your chosen prayer. On this page, you’ll find prayers for guidance, which we will personally deliver to the church.
You will receive photos of your prayer request and candle as proof that your prayer was taken to the Church and prayed on your behalf.
We can all use a little extra guidance and those who follow the Lord know that it is best to put your faith in him. Allowing God to guide every step in your life will only result in a better life and one that serves Him. Take the time to go over these prayers and to pray them with all your heart.
God is more than willing to give us a helping hand whenever we need it. All we have to do is ask. It’s the asking that often dissuades people, as they’re not sure if He will hear them or if they should really ask.
Remember that God is immortal and all powerful and He wants you to follow His path, which means he will happily give you some directions and guidance. All you have to do is remain open to the guidance He provides. In some cases, it’s not what you expect or even want, but it is different from anything you anticipated.
In these cases, it’s important to realize that it is God’s will and His plan for you is going forward.
Use these prayers when you really need help and guidance. When you find yourself struggling to make sense of things or if you are in need of a light to show you which way to go. He will always respond.
Lead me in the right path, O Lord, or my enemies will conquer me. Make your way plain for me to follow.
PRAYER FOR GUIDANCE AND WISDOM
Lord God, in this moment of distress and uncertainty, I ask for Your wisdom and guidance to shine down on me. Help me to understand what Your plan is for my life and how to make it happen. God, I ask You to give me peace as I move forward in this world. Amen.
PRAYER FOR GUIDANCE AND STRENGTH
In the Lord’s Name, I pray for this brother/sister and ask that You, God, guide them in the way they should go.
Do not abandon them in their time of need and aid them as they struggle to do Your will and to follow Your directions. Give him/her a direction to go in and strengthen their resolve in You.
Lord, fill his/her heart with peace and joy and give him/her strength and courage to do Your will. In Your Name we trust, Amen.
PRAYERS FOR GUIDANCE IN DECISION MAKING
Dear God, we come before you today to give thanks for Your everlasting love and to ask for your guidance in this great decision that must be made. Lord, help us to understand what You want in this situation and aid us in executing Your will. Help us realize that this decision is in Your hands, even if we are uncertain. In Your name we trust, Amen.
PRAYER FOR DIRECTION AND CLARITY
O Lord, in this difficult time, I am on my knees before You, asking for your guidance. Wash away the world from my eyes, Lord, and make me Your vessel. Give me a sign that I may know where to go and what to do to fully honor You, God. I ask this of You, as Your humble servant. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
PRAYER FOR GUIDANCE AND PROTECTION
Dear Father in Heaven, I come to You in my time of need, to beg for Your protection and Your guidance in my life. Please help me see Your hand in this situation and give me peace, even when I am unworthy. O Lord, I need Your protective shield over me and my family and I ask that you give me the sense of calmness as I follow Your path. Amen.
PRAYER FOR GUIDANCE AT WORK
Lord Jesus, today we ask that you give our brother/sister the wisdom to know what to do in this difficult work situation.
As he/she continues to follow You, Lord, please give her/him the guidance necessary to make the right decisions that will honor You. As a light in this dark world, he/she is in great need of Your heavenly touch right now.
Thank You for all that You have done for us and given us and we pray that we may pass the light to the next generation. In You we trust, Amen.
PRAYER FOR GUIDANCE IN A RELATIONSHIP
Dear God, we come to you with humble and broken hearts, asking for forgiveness and begging for your guidance in our relationship. We wish to serve You, Lord, both in our relationship and outside it.
Please give us the guidance to deal kindly with one another, to always treat each other with love and respect, even as You have treated us with love and respect.
We ask that You give us the patience to put up with each other and the wisdom to guide one another in Your ways. Amen.
PRAYER FOR GUIDANCE IN THE CHURCH
Our Father in Heaven, we ask that you protect this church and every member within it. Whether we are together or far apart, Lord, keep Your healing hand upon us and guide us in Your ways.
As we gather together each week, bless our services and lay Your mighty hands on our pastor, that he might bring Your words to our ears. Thank you, Lord, for all You have done for us.
In Jesus’ name, Amen.
I will lead blind Israel down a new path, guiding them along an unfamiliar way. I will brighten the darkness before them and smooth out the road ahead of them. Yes, I will indeed do these things; I will not forsake them.
For that is what God is . He is our God forever and ever, and he will guide us until we die.
Since we are living by the Spirit, let us follow the Spirit’s leading in every part of our lives.