This post is part of a prayer challenge, 21 Days of Prayers For Your Friends. If you would like more information about the full challenge with daily email prayer guides, I invite you to find it here.
We make an infinite number of decisions in life.
Some are clear-cut.
not so much.
What do we do when we don’t know what to do?
When there’s no apparent right answer and no obvious wrong one?
When we just want what God wants, but we have no idea what that is?
First, we remind ourselves of the truth that God doesn’t want His will to be a mystery to us.
And then we draw near to Him in faith, asking Him to guide us.
No, He won’t write the answer in the sky or tattoo it on our foreheads.
But when the time is right, He’ll open doors…after He closes a few first. He’ll bring conversations, information, and opportunities our way. He’ll nudge impressions on our hearts that He confirms in other ways.
His methods are limitless, but one thing is sure:
He will guide us.
Do you have a friend in need of God’s direction? Whether you’re aware of it or not, you probably do.
Here are ten prayers for God’s direction, straight from God Himself in the pages of the Bible. Will you join me in praying the Scriptures for God’s guidance in your friend’s life?
Prayers for God’s Direction
Ask God to help your friend trust Him with all her heart, not relying on her own understanding. Pray that she would commit to acknowledging Him in all her ways, and that He would fulfill His promise to make her paths straight. (Proverbs 3:5-6)
Claim God’s promise to instruct your friend, to teach her in the way she should go, and to counsel her with His eye upon her. (Psalm 32:8)
Affirm to God that all your friend’s ways are pure in her own eyes, and that she has trouble seeing her own errors (as we all do!). Ask Him to “weigh her spirit” and examine her motives. (Proverbs 16:2)
Pray that your friend would echo Jesus’ words: “I seek not My own will but the will of Him who sent me.” Pray that your friend would want to see God’s will accomplished in her life, and ask Him to reveal that to her in His timing. (John 5:30)
Ask God to let your friend hear His lovingkindness in the morning, and that she would trust in Him. Pray that she would lift her soul to Him, and that her heart’s desire would be for Him to teach her the way in which she should walk. (Psalm 143:8)
Share with God that on behalf of your friend, you’re asking for guidance, seeking His will, and knocking on the door of heaven. Claim His promise to give to those who ask, reveal to those who seek, and open to those who knock. (Matthew 7:7-8)
Ask God to grant your friend a humble spirit, and remind Him of His promise to lead the humble in what is right, and to teach the humble his way. (Psalm 25:9)
Pray that your friend’s heart would exemplify these words from the Psalms: “Make me know Your ways, O LORD; Teach me Your paths. Lead me in Your truth and teach me, For You are the God of my salvation; For You I wait all the day.” (Psalm 25:4-5)
Praise God for being your friend’s rock and fortress. Profess His promise to lead her and guide her for His name’s sake. (Psalm 31:3)
Ask God to teach your friend His way, and to help her commit to walking in His truth. Beg Him to give her an undivided heart to fear His name. (Psalm 86:11)
Dear Heavenly Father, thank You for promising to guide those who trust in You. Please help my friend to know you more deeply, so she can trust You more fully and follow You more faithfully. It’s in the Name of my Savior, Jesus Christ, that I pray. Amen.
If you haven’t already done so, don’t forget to sign up for the rest of the prayer challenge! It will be a source of blessing in your life (and your friend’s life) as you continue to pray the Scriptures over her.