Prayers For Guidance

Guidance is a light kindled in someone by God as a result of his or her use of free will in the way of belief. As we affirmed earlier, only God can guide to the truth. Since it is God Who guides, we implore Him in every turn of our daily prescribed prayers, saying:

“Guide us to the Straight Path.”

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.

See What is Guidance, and How Can We Guide Others?

We have collected some of the best Prayers For Guidance to use in request to God. May these prayers for safety bring you comfort and peace of mind. May these prayers for strength encourage your spirit and strengthen your faith.

Prayer For Guidance #1

Dear God,

I do not want to cause
upset in my little world.
Give me the insight and
the strength to live up
to the legitimate demands
that are made of me and
not let personality
conflicts prevent me
from carrying out
what is my clear duty. Amen.

Prayer For Guidance #2

O Lord,

Direct us, in all our doings with thy most gracious favor, and further us with thy continual help; that in all our works begun, continued, and ended in thee, we may glorify thy holy Name, and finally, by thy mercy, obtain everlasting life. Amen.

Prayer For Guidance #3

O God,

By whom the meek are guided in judgment, and light rises up in darkness for the godly: Grant us, in all our doubts and uncertainties, the grace to ask what you would have us to do, that the Spirit of wisdom may save us from all false choices, and that in your light we may see light, and in your straight path may not stumble. Amen.

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A 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 Luck

A Prayer for Guidance When Life is Challenging

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 like 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 honor to Your holy name. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

— Charles Stanley

Prayer for Guidance

Lord, you promised that when I seek You with all our heart, I will find You.

I seek only after You.
Still my troubled heart.
Calm my wayward mind.
I seek only after You.

I’m never going to be able to figure this out on my own,
And right now I’m leaning heavily on You.

I seek only after You.

I give you all the anxieties and fears I feel inside
I release them all to You

I seek only after You.

I open up my life
So that it becomes like an open book before You
May You write in it Your words of inspiration and direction.

Still my troubled heart.
Calm my wayward mind.
I seek only after You.

I await Your voice.

A Prayer for the Wisdom and Guidance of the Holy Spirit

Father, in the Name of Jesus, I realize that as a believer, my body is the temple of the Holy Spirit. My acknowledgment of Your presence on a daily basis makes my faith in You effectual. I believe that You, heavenly Father, are leading and guiding me by the Holy Spirit through my spirit, and illuminating my mind.

As I yield to the Holy Spirit, I believe that my steps are ordered of You, LORD. I commit and trust myself wholly to Your guidance, expecting You to cause my thoughts to become agreeable to Your will, so my plans will be established and succeed. I trust in You, LORD, with all my heart and lean not on my own understanding. As I acknowledge You, You direct me in paths of righteousness.

I confess that as I become more God-inside minded, I can more easily recognize 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 The LORD.

I meditate in 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. I am quick to act on The WORD, as well as the prompting of my spirit. I am not a hearer only, but also a doer. Therefore, I am blessed in all my deeds.

Prayer for Guidance and Help

Dear Lord, I am calling upon you today for
your divine guidance and help. I am in crisis
and need a supporting hand to keep me on the
right and just path.

My heart is troubled but I will
strive to keep it set on you, as your infinite wisdom
will show me the right way to a just and right resolution.
Thank you for hearing my prayer and for staying by my side.


Prayer 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.

Simple Prayer For God’s Guidance

Lead me Lord today in Your righteous ways. Teach me Your ways and may I know You more and love you better with each passing day, in Jesus name I pray,


A Prayer to Seek God First

Lord, help me to seek You –and Your purposes – above any other pursuit in life. I can easily be distracted by the temporary but keep me focused on the eternal. Help me to not just talk of a relationship with You but truly live it in my daily priorities and actions. Although there are things I want for my family, that I can tend to stress about, You are aware of them all, and Your Word promises that when I put You first, You will take care of everything else, according to what You know is best for us. Help me to truly believe that and live by it so my children will place their confidence in You, as well.

A Prayer to be a Grateful Person

Lord, help me to be thankful in all circumstances, not just the ones that are comfortable and enjoyable. Help me to especially be thankful in the difficult situations so my children see me as a person full of praise, not self pity. Whenever I praise You, it changes my perspective and focuses me on the good things You are doing in the midst of the troubles. Help my kids to see that. Make me a thankful person, a person of praise in every circumstance, a parent who can “in all things, sing.”

Prayer for Guidance in the Day Ahead

Good morning, Lord! Today’s a new day, a chance for a new start. Yesterday is gone and with it any regrets, mistakes, or failures I may have experienced. It’s a good day to be glad and give thanks, and I do, Lord. Thank you for today, a new opportunity to love, give, and be all that you want me to be.

Today I want to start the day with you on my mind and in my heart. As I dress, let me wear the armor you’ve provided 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 on my tongue: praise for you and petitions for those around me and those I meet.

Feed me today with your daily bread. As the Bread of Life, your food, like manna, will sustain me throughout any trials and hungers. Help me to set my thoughts on things above and to speak only what will help and encourage others. Keep me from putting my foot in my mouth, and help me guard the affections of my heart today, Lord. Make whatever work I do be marked with excellence rather than perfectionism, as I seek not to make a name, but to make a difference. Help me to treat each person I encounter as you would, with respect and love, forgiving others and asking for forgiveness myself when needed.

As I start this day, help me remember that I belong to you, and my desire is to act accordingly. Keep my feet from stumbling and my mind from wandering into distractions that could steal precious time and energy from the most important things you have designed for me. I’m proud to be your child, Lord. And I’m so grateful that you died for me—rising again on your own new morning—so that every 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 were the first or the last day of my life, giving thanks for every good and perfect gift you choose to give. Today, and every day, I want to live my life for you, Jesus. In your precious name, Amen.

— Rebecca Barlow Jordan

Prayer for Strength and Guidance

O Lord,

 give you my worries and concerns and I ask for your guidance. You see it all, the outer circumstances, the inner turmoil. I know that you understand my life, that sometimes my heart weighs heavy with trouble. Right now I lay all these things before you. I breathe in, safe in the knowledge that I am held by grace. I breathe out, knowing that I am held secure in your arms. And I wait on you. For you are all truth, you are overflowing love, you are a beacon of hope and a fortress of faith.

Lord, I choose to be attentive to your voice. May I be alert to your Spirit’s guiding as I journey onwards with you.

I love you Father. Amen.

Prayer for Guidance and Protection


There is a light that guides us, small and true and bright.
Jesus right besides us in the morning, noon and night.
He walks upon each place we tread in sorrow or in joy.
And goes before and walks behind, to catch us if we fall.

His presence is so gentle, but if we look we’ll see
So many ways he sprinkles grace into the lives of you and me.
Encourages forgiveness, mends our broken hearts.
Helps us choose to do things right, and walk upon his path.

His hope is on our shoulders, lifting us each day.
His truth breathes deep within us inspiring us to pray.
His love we wear just like a cloak of sonship and praise.
His everlasting promises are there for us always.

And even when the world goes dark and we’re lost, cold or afraid.
This little light inside us keeps us warm and close and safe.
It seems Lord such a miracle that you should walk with me.
I choose each day to talk with you,
And hear you speak with me.


Prayer for Guidance at Work

O Lord,
Open my eyes to see where you would lead me.
Awaken my ears that I would hear your voice guiding me.
Inspire my mind that I may comprehend your love for me.
Soften my heart that I would offer grace to those I meet.
Watch my feet that I would tread upon your kingdom paths.
Guard my heart from selfishness that I would give freely.
Inspire my words that I may speak of hope and healing.
O Lord, I follow you.

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.

Prayer For Focus And Guidance

Heavenly Father, I come to You in the name of Jesus to ask for Your guidance and clear direction in the choices that I have to make concerning my future. It is my desire that Your will be done in my life and that I do pray that I will not miss Your best purpose for my life.. by making the wrong decision.

Help me to pray into Your will and to be shown clearly the way that You would have me go. Give me a correct focus on the direction that You would have me take and help me to plainly see what You have planned for my life.

Remove from my heart foolish desires or selfish motives, and keep me far away from seeking after the things of the world –the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes and the pride of life.  May I live godly in Christ Jesus, walk in a manner that is worthy of Him and live in spirit and truth – with my eyes focused on Christ and my will guided by Your Holy Spirit – this I ask in Jesus name,


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 A Lifestyle Change

Heavenly Father I feel that I am stepping out onto the threshold of a completely new beginning with a total change in my lifestyle. Lord I know that this is a wonderful opportunity that You have graciously opened up for me and I pray that You would be with me to lead and guide, as I seek to become accustomed to so many changes in my life.

I pray that You would remain ever close to me and that I do not stray far from Your side or become lukewarm in my attitude towards the things of God. Help me to keep my eyes firmly fixed on Jesus and to trust all I say and do into Your capable hands. Provide I pray all that I need to carry out the tasks and duties that I am called upon to do with grace and courage, and I pray that my joy would be firmly fixed in Jesus and that I may be strengthened with all power from above, in Jesus name I pray,


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.

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Prayer For Grace And Guidance

Thank You heavenly Father that Your mercies are new every morning and that Your faithfulness never fails. Thank You that You are interested in every area of my life and that despite my many faults and failings You have promised to lead and to guide in all things. And thank You Lord.. that You have promised to supply the sufficient grace I need in every situation of my life.

Father as I seem to have come to a bit of a stand-still in my life, I pray for Your grace and guidance to lead and direct in the days that lie ahead.  You have promised in Your Word to be with me and to go before me that if I turn to the right hand or to the left, I will hear a voice right behind me.. guiding me… saying, “This is the way; walk in it.”

Give me Your grace and guidance in the choices I need to make and direct my thinking so that my firm resolve and final decisions will be in line with Your perfect will for my life.

Thank You Father that Your grace is sufficient and that no matter where I go or what I do You have promised to be with me – thank You in Jesus name,


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.

Prayers For Grace And Guidance

Heavenly Father, teach me to number my days and give me the wisdom and grace to make every day count. May each passing day be an opportunity for me to draw closer to You.. and help me to realise how very transient life is.

Keep me looking to Jesus moment by moment and grant me wisdom, guidance and grace in the daily decisions I may be called upon to make today.. for I understand more and more that every one of my steps needs to be guided by You.

Continually guard and guide me as You have promised, and lead me into the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake. Thank You that Your grace is sufficient for all my needs and necessities and may I walk in the paths of righteousness all the days of my life – to Your praise and glory – this I humbly ask in Jesus name,


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 Grace, Guidance and Illumination

Prepare my heart Lord as I come before You today and I pray that You would give me a spirit of wisdom and understanding. Lord I pray for illumination of Your Word and that You would open my eyes to the truth of the glorious gospel of Jesus Christ and the great sacrifice He made for me at Calvary.

Thank You for all that You have done for me and Lord.. It is my desire Lord, to be used in Your service and to walk in Your ways – and so I come to You Lord as for Your guidance in my path through life and for illumination of Your Word, so that I may be used by You in the service of others and to the glory of Your name. Lord, I don’t know which way to go and I ask You to guide my thoughts and prayers and to open my heart to all that You are showing me.

Guide me Lord in the direction You would have me go. Illumine my heart with a deeper awareness of Your precious Word and give me the grace to love You more and serve You better in the place where You have placed me in Jesus name I pray,


Short Prayers for Guidance

Dear Lord, I ask for Your guidance. Give me the power of Your grace so that I may hear Your divine instructions. Remove any barriers that keep me from drawing near to You. Open my heart and clear my vision so that I may follow Your path. In Jesus’ name, Amen.


Dear Lord, may I live every moment in the light of Your love. When I am filled with doubt or fear remind me that no matter what I need, Your spirit can touch my heart and fill me with peace. In Jesus’ name, Amen.


Dear Lord, You have put miraculous work into each one of us. Help me live my life so that it meets Your plans. Guide me towards Your path and fill my heart with peace and love. In Jesus’ name, Amen.


Teach me, O Spirit of God, that silent language which says all things. Teach my soul to remain silent in Your presence, that I may adore You in the depths of my being and await all things from You, asking nothing of You but the accomplishment of Your will.


God, this world’s problems are so complicated that I cannot make my way without Your guidance. Quicken my mind and deepen my understanding. Help me hear Your voice and heed Your advice. Keep me walking along the path behind you. Amen.



p style=”padding-left: 40px;”>O God, by whom the meek are guided in judgment, and
 light riseth up in darkness for the godly: Grant us, in all
 our doubts and uncertainties, the grace to ask what Thou
 wouldest have us to do, that the Spirit of wisdom may save
 us from all false choices, and that in Thy light we may see
light, and in Thy straight path may not stumble; through 
Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Praying For Guidance From The Bible

“O Lord, I know the way of a man is not in himself; it is not in man who walks to direct his own steps.” (Jeremiah 10:23)

 “The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord …” (Psalm 37:23)

 “A man’s steps are of the Lord. How then can a man understand his own way?” (Proverbs 20:24)

 “There is a way which seems right to a man, but its end is the way of death.” (Proverbs 14:12)

 “The Lord is my Shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me to lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside the still waters. He restores my soul; He leads me in the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake.” (Psalm 23:1)

My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me.” (John 10:27)

 “Direct my steps by Your word, and let no iniquity have dominion over me.” (Psalm 119:133)

 “Show me Your ways, O Lord; teach me Your paths. Lead me in Your truth and teach me, for You are the God of my salvation …” (Psalm 25:4)

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 by the way you should go.” (Isaiah 48:17)

For this is God, our God forever and ever; He will be our guide even to death.” (Psalm 48:14)

 “The Lord will guide you continually …” (Isaiah 58:11)

“I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will guide you with My eye.” (Psalm 32:8)

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.” (Proverbs 3:5)

The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord …” (Psalm 37:23)

Therefore be followers of God as dear children.” (Ephesians 5:1)

“My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me.” (John 10:27)

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