Prayer For Guidance For The Day

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Prayer For Guidance For The Day

Scripture Reading: Psalm 143:1-12

A few years ago my husband and I were in the middle of an agonizing time of decision-making. He was unemployed, we had a mortgage to pay, we were in the midst of a difficult season where we felt alone as a brand new married couple in a new city, new church, and new job for me. On top of all that, there were some peripheral difficulties clouding our judgment.

It was one of those times in life where I felt completely alone and as though any decision we might make would have catastrophic results. Our circumstances weren’t even at their worst yet, but even at that point, we felt paralyzed in the midst of indecision. No direction seemed right or good or sufficient or joyful or enough for anyone else, let alone us.

It was in the midst of this indecision that one of us read these words from pastor and author Scotty Smith:

Grant us peace as we make important decisions. Some of us are facing career changes, church choices, economic challenges, and health issues. Free us from the foolish notion that there is only one right choice to make. Actually, there is only one right God to trust, and that is you. Lead us, as we lean on you, Father.

This quote nudged something in us both, and it is the same nudging I feel when I read Psalm 143:8:

Let me hear in the morning of your steadfast love,
for in you I trust.
Make me know the way I should go,
for to you I lift up my soul.

So often we are duped into believing there is only one right decision in front of us. When the way seems cloudy, as it often does, we can find ourselves paralyzed with the fear that we’ll make the wrong decision. But this psalm of David shows us the way. It is a compass for directional purposes: Let me hear your steadfast love. In you I trust. To you I lift up my soul.

Where do I look when I don’t know where to look? To Him. To His love, His trustworthiness, His help. It is the only place my soul will find rest, the only trustworthy place, and the only love that will not let me go.

What decisions are you facing today? What needs to be done or said or moved or broken or taken up? What opinions or thoughts or fears or refrains are you replaying over and over again in your mind? What closed doors or open doors do you see? Now, lift up your eyes, lift up your soul, and see your Maker, your God, your friend, your Savior. If He is your truest north, and serving Him, being loved by Him, and obeying Him is your greatest good, then take a step. Then another. And another. We may never know the direction life is taking us, but we can know the God who keeps us and guides us on the way He is leading us.

Lore Ferguson Wilbert is a writer, thinker, and learner. She blogs at Sayable, and tweets and instagrams at @lorewilbert. She has a husband named Nate, a puppy named Harper Nelle, and too many books to read in one lifetime.

Scripture Reading: Psalm 142:1-7

We are not a people fond of showcasing our flaws and failures. So much of our society is meant to elevate our best selves. But no matter how long we drink from the fountain of “you have what it takes” ideology, our frailty remains a bitter pill that cannot be swallowed.

Then we open our Bibles and see an entirely different approach. Prayer is not the place for pep talks or public relations.

Un social media posts, the purpose of prayer is not to put ourselves in the best light and convince God we are good so that He will respond.

Rather, prayer is the place where we admit we are weak and needy, an invitation to confess we are utterly lost in the face of trouble without the sovereign hand of God.

David didn’t write Psalm 142 from his palace, surrounded by adoring fans. This isn’t a psalm penned after a military victory or personal triumph. This psalm is a prayer, written from a cave, a crude place of refuge, by a man on the run.

It’s not clear if these words were penned from the cave of Adullam or En-gedi, two places we find David hiding as he fled from the paranoia of King Saul (1 Samuel 22, 1 Samuel 24). In both circumstances his leader and mentor had vowed to kill him and had the resources and resolve to carry it out.

David was a sitting duck who knew he could not defend himself. His enemies were armed and dangerous and David had nothing but desperation. Remarkably, he didn’t try to spin the story.

When trouble surrounded him and pressed his back up against the cave wall, David declared his frailty to the Lord:

Listen to my cry,
for I am very weak.
Rescue me from those who pursue me,
for they are too strong for me.
—Psalm 142:6

Perhaps one of the reasons why God described David as “a man after my heart” was David’s willingness to own up to his desperation for God’s help (Acts 13:22). I read through God’s Word and cannot help but see a pattern: God is near in our trouble.

When faced with a battle he was too weak to win, Jehoshaphat declared, “We do not know what to do, but our eyes are on you” and God secured the victory (2 Chronicles 20:12).

Daniel was powerless to shut the lions’ mouths, so he “implored God” to do it for him. God did (Daniel 6:11).

Paul begged the Lord to take away his weakness. In response the Spirit reminded him, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness” (2 Corinthians 12:9).  

Weakness is power because in our weakness, we are made strong by God. In the age of spin, I need to be reminded that even weak faith is productive, even feeble prayers are answered (Matthew 17:20). Prayer is an invitation to come as we really are and hear from the God who loves us anyway.

We each have our own enemies to face and battles we cannot win. Sure, we could try to puff ourselves up with false bravado, but the illusion of our strength is easily exposed. There is an alternative to sinking into despair and defeat. When this world brings trouble to our doorstep, we can look to the Lord for comfort and wait with open hands to receive His strength.

Erin Davis is an author, blogger, and speaker who loves to see women of all ages run to the deep well of God’s Word. When she’s not writing, you can find Erin chasing chickens and children on her small farm in the Midwest.

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Scripture Reading: Psalm 146:1-10

Everything I need to know about earthly adoration, I learned from my middle school musical theater class. First, we learned through experience. What else is a brace-faced preteen supposed to feel upon receiving a standing ovation for her impeccably off-key version of Oliver! The Musical’s “Food Glorious Food”? For all I knew, applause and attention meant the same thing as adoration.

Then, we learned from the music. One of the delightfully cheesy and romantic tunes that stands out the most is Aretha Franklin’s “I Say A Little Prayer,” which is also included on the soundtrack for the film My Best Friend’s Wedding, starring a young Julia Roberts. Perhaps you remember the chorus:

Forever, forever, you’ll stay in my heart
And I will love you
Forever and ever, we never will part
Oh, how I’ll love you
Together, together, that’s how it must be
To live without you
Would only be a heartbreak for me.

These were lyrics that made even prepubescent girls swoon. During rehearsals, we’d stand squished on the risers, divided into altos and sopranos, as our choral director clapped the rhythms and contorted his face into exaggerated expressions, commanding us to annunciate! “FOR-EV-ER, FOR-EV-ER,” he would chant.

It’s no coincidence that this is what we long for. We want the affection we receive to be sure, and the praise we give to remain warranted—not just one-time applause. Commitment and adoration go hand in hand, and with God, we get both.

Here is where the romantic comedy cliches and the middle school dramatics stop. Adoration is not intended to be a general concept that God calls for early on and then forgets about.

Rather, adoration is something we see carried throughout the psalms as a rhythmic refrain to God’s presence and nearness to us.

Psalm 146 recalls reasons for adoring God: He frees prisoners, opens the eyes of the blind, raises up the oppressed, loves the righteous, and protects resident aliens.

Adoration is the response we give to our God who is good and faithful in all things.

It is the deep abiding love that only comes from the safety of a covenant made by a promise-keeping God who loves His children. It is His reason for choosing us, and our reason for returning to Him.

He wants to adore us as His own for eternity, and because of that, we get to return and enjoy His love forever.

God remains faithful forever. (FOR-EV-ER!) His kingdom and promises and love for us will stand firm into eternity. May we learn to love and adore Him in return.

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Scripture Reading: Psalm 84:1-12

I learned how to drive on the interstate that we took to get to church every Sunday.

My parents forced me to drive on that busy road because they knew I would have to drive it many, many times over the next few years while I lived in Birmingham. My family was in that building every time the doors were open.

Sunday school, Sunday morning worship, Sunday evening worship, Wednesday evening Bible class—you name it, we were there sitting on the front row.

While I was growing up, church always felt a little bit something I had to check off a to-do list.

I never spent the night at friends’ houses on Saturday night because I had to go to church in the morning.

I would always rush home from sports practices on Wednesdays so I could make it to youth group on time. I loved church, yes, but it never felt the kind of church the psalmist is describing in Psalm 84.

When I was in college, I spent a semester in Santiago, Chile, and for three months, I didn’t go to church, not really.

I didn’t speak much Spanish at the time, and so when I did attend church there, I spent more time and energy trying to translate the sermon in my head than just worshiping.

While I was in Chile, church began to take on a completely different meaning than it did when I was a child.

Over the course of a few months, the idea of “church” shifted to “Church.

” The distinction of the capital “C” allowed me to view the Church as a larger being, as something other than just the place I went to worship.

The Church is so much more than the small box in which I’d stowed my idea of our local church. It is family, community, a safe place to worship and experience the presence of our God.

Even a sparrow finds a home,
and a swallow, a nest for herself
where she places her young—
near your altars, LORD of Armies,
my King and my God.
How happy are those who reside in your house,
who praise you continually.    Selah.
—Psalm 84:3-4

 Let us use Psalm 84 as a means of pleading with God for what we want His Kingdom to look here, now. May we be a people and a Church that reside in the house of our Lord, a people who praise Him continually.

May we allow the Church to be a safe place for outsiders, a home for those who are lost, and a family for the broken.

And may we pray for the Church be a place that bridges the gap between heaven and earth, where we meet with our God and enjoy His presence together, as a community.

Ellen Taylor was born and raised in sweet home Alabama, but has called Nashville home since 2013. When she’s not working as the editorial assistant at She Reads Truth, you can find her enjoying good food and good conversation with her friends and family. She is a lover of good books, ugly dogs, and the Oxford comma.

Источник: https://shereadstruth.com/2018/05/07/a-prayer-for-guidance/

Prayer for Guidance – Prayer for Strength and Guidance

Prayer For Guidance For The Day

As Christians, we need to put God first in everything that we do. We need to communicate not only our gratitude but also ask for guidance as we go through our day. we can do this by saying a prayer for guidance. In this prayer, we ask our Heavenly Father to help us choose the right path as we go through our day. Some great prayers for this are:

Prayer for Protection and Guidance

“Heavenly Father, thank you for all your blessings. Thank you for your forgiveness. Please forgive my sins and guide me in my walk with you.

Father, please shield me and my loved ones from all types of harm. Please listen to me when I ask you to guard us from evils and injustice.

Lord, please let Christ be in our hearts, thoughts, & actions. Please guide my heart and actions to be Christ.

Father, please grant me peace of mind and stop my worries lead my faith in you to quiet my anxiety. Please let those who speak of me speak with Christ in their hearts. Lord, please let those who hear, see, or come in to contact with me do so with Christ in their hearts.

I love you and I am sorry for my sins, my failings, and my time apart from you. Father, I love you and am humbled by your love of me. Lord, please guard and guide me through my struggles, insecurities, anxiety, faith, life, and work. I am yours my lord and I am in urgent need of you.

Father, thank you for the gift of eternal life. Forever yours with mind, body, and soul. Amen.”

Prayer for Strength and Guidance

“Heavenly Father, thank You that You have assured to guide me always, not just when I am up and on the move, but always. On this day I lean hard on that promise.

I pray that You to continue to show me the path to follow, step by step. Lord, sometimes I feel a heavily scorched land. Father, yet You promise to meet my needs even there. Today I accept I need You.

My worship of You has been wanting and I ask for Your forgiveness.

Father, I am thirsty and I look to You to give me emotional strength, spiritual insight, and physical stamina when things around me seem to be drying up. Thank You, Father, that Your gentle care covers all of me.

Help me to depend on that care today and to thank You for it! Thank You, that You are my anchor. Father, help me to praise You with awe and wonder as I trust in Your love for me. I pray this in the mighty Name of Jesus.

Amen.”

Prayer for Guidance

Prayer for Help and Guidance

“Loving Father, I am calling on you this day foryour divine guidance and help. I am in troubleand need a helping hand to keep me on theright and just path. Lord, my heart is troubled but I willendeavor to keep it set on you, as your infinite wisdomwill show me the right path to a just and right solution. Thank you for hearing my prayer and for staying by my side.

Amen!”

Prayer for Guidance and Wisdom

“Blessed Father, in the Name of Jesus, I accept that as a believer, my body is the temple of the Holy Spirit. My recognition of Your presence on a daily basis makes my faith in You effective. I believe that You, blessed Father, are leading and guiding me by the Holy Spirit through my spirit, and illuminating my mind.

Father, as I surrender to the Holy Spirit, I believe that my steps are commanded by You, LORD.

I commit and trust myself fully to Your guidance, expecting You to make my thoughts to become agreeable to Your will, so my plans will be established and succeed.

I trust in You, Father, with all my heart and depend not on my own understanding. As I acknowledge You, You direct me in paths of righteousness.

Lord, I admit that as I become more God- minded, I can more easily acknowledge the inward witness of the Holy Spirit. I hear the voice of the Good Shepherd, and a stranger’s voice I will not follow. I am aware that my spirit is the candle of God.

Father, I meditate on the Word day and night, not letting it depart from my mouth. I test my inward witness with the Word, for the Spirit and the Word agree. Lord, I am quick to act on the Word, as well as the prompting of my spirit. I am not a listener only, but also a doer. Therefore, I am blessed in all my deeds. Amen.”

Prayer for Work Guidance

“Loving Father, Open my eyes so I may see where you would lead me. Focus my ears that I would hear your voice guiding me. Sharpen my mind that I may understand your love for me.

lighten my heart that I would offer grace to those I meet.Guide my feet that I would tread upon your kingdom paths. Protect my heart from the selfishness, that I would give freely.

Inspire my words that I may speak of hope and healing.O Lord, I follow you.

Amen.”

Prayer to the Holy Spirit for Guidance

“Loving Lord, I ask you would move the Spirit more boldly in my life. I know that any sin can hurt and diminish the voice of the Spirit, and I pray against the temptation of sin.

Father, help me desire your presence more than I crave sin. Help me develop in the fruit of the Spirit and hence 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.”

Prayer for Forgiveness and Guidance

“Mighty Lord, I am lost at this moment in my life. I have gone down the wrong path and am having a difficult time getting back to where I need to be. Lord, I want to do the correct thing and keep true to myself but it’s hard to beat the demons that have pulled me back down.

I need the Lord to help get back on the right path and to stay away from this destructive life and the people that keep pulling me down. Father, I know I am the only one to blame for my actions. But if the Lord will just once again grant me the courage, strength, and will to walk a path I can make it through.

I am asking for the forgiveness and the help to get me past this hill I am unable to climb! Amen.”

Prayer for Guidance Catholic

“Blessed Jesus, may all I do begin with You, continue with Your aid, and be accomplished through Your guidance. May my sharing in the Mass free me from my sins, and make me deserving 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. Amen.”

Prayer for Family Protection and Guidance

“Blessed Lord, I ask for protection and guidance for my family, friends, and myself. There are a lot of problems and illnesses that affect people every day. God, I pray for those who are affected by them. But, I wish for protection and guidance from those problems and diseases because everyone deserves to live happy and peaceful.

I may struggle with some issues personal with myself but I pray that everyone else stays good from any problems mental, psychically, emotionally, and spiritually. Father, I believe that everyone has a purpose on this earth and I want everyone to fulfill that purpose and to live happy doing it.

Lord, I also want to pray for forgiveness on my behalf. I have honestly been ungrateful, dishonest, disobedient, and unfaithful to you Lord. Father, I miss-used you and I want to humbly apologize for that. I pray that you will forgive me and help me improve the way I’ve been living, and live comfortably, happy, and healthy.

Father, You have given me so many Chances and I failed you again. I’m trying to stay on track and stay focused but there are things that distract me from my duties. Help me Father, and guide me in the right path to a better lifestyle. That way I’m able to influence others positively and be able to show them the right way to life.

In your name, I pray. Amen.”

Short Prayer for Guidance

“Loving Lord,

I can not see the path ahead and at the moment I feel so confused.So today I ask that your hand would be upon me.Please guide me safely through.

Guide my heart, my mind and body to navigate the way.

I put my trust in you.

Amen.”

Morning Prayer for Guidance

“Heavenly Father, help me remember what a difference it makes when I make spending time with You a priority in my morning. Lord, awaken me in body and spirit each day with a desire to meet with You and to hear You speak words of affirmation, assurance and wisdom over my heart as I prepare to go into my day. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”

Prayer for Guidance in A Relationship

“Loving Father, we come before 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.

Lord, please give us the guidance to interact kindly with one another, to always treat each other with love and respect, just as You have treated us with love and respect.

We pray that You give us the patience to put up with each other and the wisdom to guide one another in Your ways. Amen.”

Prayers for Guidance in Decision Making

“Almighty God, we come to you on this day to give thanks for Your eternal love and to ask for your guidance in this great decision that has to 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 unsure. In Your Name we trust. Amen.”

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Источник: https://catholicreadings.org/catholic-prayers/prayer-for-guidance-prayer-for-strength-and-guidance/

8 Short Prayers For Daily Guidance

Prayer For Guidance For The Day

There are times when we’ll find ourselves in situations and wonder if God is paying attention. We may even feel depressed or alone. We may have trouble sensing God’s presence. These points are when we really need God’s help and guidance. There should be great comfort knowing that wherever you go, God is right there with you and we can access God through prayer.

One great time to pray is in the morning. When you wake up, your mind and heart can feel really heavy, especially when you’re focusing on all the things you have to tackle and all the stress that comes with those tasks. Asking for daily advice can center you and allow you to focus on the things you should be focusing on. Here are eight short prayers for daily guidance.

A Prayer to Recharge

Morning prayers can refresh and recharge your soul as you get ready to take on the day with help from the best place possible: Our Creator. Think of prayer as a time to get closer to God by expressing our love for Him, thanking Him for His blessings and offering Him everything good and bad in our day in doing His Will. Begin your day with this prayer to recharge:

Dear Lord, You have brought me to the beginning of a new day. As the world is renewed fresh and clean, so I ask You to renew my heart with Your strength and purpose.

Forgive me the errors of yesterday and bless me to walk closer in Your way today. This is the day I begin my life anew; shine through me so that every person I meet may feel Your presence in me.

Take my hand, precious Lord for I cannot make it by myself. Amen.

A Prayer For Strength

God loves when you pray for strength. And He promises to answer you: “Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am Your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand” (Isaiah 41:10). Pray with confidence.

Pray for the strength that God supplies and keep your eyes open for His answers. They may not look your expectations. But you can be assured that He is working to strengthen your understanding, faith and hope in Him.

Begin your day with this prayer for strength:

Dear Lord, this morning, I pray that You give me strength today, to be strong for You in this world full of temptations. You know that there are struggles that I will go through today. I pray that You be with me as I go through them. Carry me when I am too weak. Amen.

A Prayer For Guidance

One of the Bible’s greatest truths is that God wants to guide us. He loves us and because He loves us, He wants what is best for us and is willing to show it to us. As your day progresses, it can be difficult to identify these blessings. Begin your day with this prayer for guidance:

Dear Lord, I don’t know who or what will cross my path today. But I do know that You are my rock and my fortress. You are my shield and my strong tower. Help me to anchor myself to You today.

Teach me how to stand strong in You and choose only Your way today. Help me walk by Your truth and not my feelings.

Help me to embrace anything that comes my way as an opportunity to see You at work and as opportunity to point others to You. Amen.

A Prayer For Gratitude

We should be thankful because God is worthy of our thanksgiving. It is only right to credit Him for “every good and perfect gift” He gives (James 1:17). When we are thankful, our focus moves off selfish desires and off the pain of current circumstances.

It also helps us to remember that God is ultimately in control. Beginning each morning with gratitude will provide you with a great foundation. Prayer is one of the intentional ways you can cultivate a grateful heart for yourself.

Start your day off with this prayer for gratitude:

Dear God, I thank you for waking me up today. You have given me another sunrise to enjoy. Thank you for the wonderful sounds of nature and the cool breeze brushing through the trees making the birds sing beautiful melodies. I praise You, Father, for allowing me to live another beautiful day in Your Kingdom. Amen.

A Prayer For Family

Begin each day with a powerful morning prayer session with your family. Reciting these words and identifying our schedules early on, will provide a great deal of perspective for you and your family. Entrust each individual to God.

Wherever they are in their relationship with God, pray that He draws them even closer. Think of morning prayer as exercise for each member’s spirit and soul. Working out these elements will help everyone plan for what is to come and better equip them with the tools to take on the new day.

Start your day off with this prayer for family:

Dear God, thank you for the gift of family and friends. Holding them in my heart is one of the most precious things I can never get tired of. Bless everyone, for they deserve all goodness You have given to me. If I may do something wrong today, please forgive me. Amen.

Источник: https://www.beliefnet.com/faiths/prayer/8-short-prayers-for-daily-guidance.aspx

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