25 Powerful Prayers to God for Guidance and Direction

When you feel like you are getting off course or are lost in life, these powerful prayers to God for guidance and direction will encourage you to get back on track and remain faithful to the Lord’s will for your life.

Help Me Receive Direction Prayer
Loving Father, help me to cultivate spiritual disciplines, so I am more able to receive what you have to tell me, and more willing to do what you require. May I not only come to you with my needs, my praise, and my thanksgiving, but make a habit of spending time in worshipful listening. Help me not allow the distractions of social media and the busyness of life drown out your still small voice. Help me be guided in all things by you, rather than my own imperfect judgment. Amen.

Prayer for Spiritual Discernment
God, teach me and give me spiritual discernment. May your Holy Spirit and your word direct me on the right path. Guard me from false teachings and incorrect understanding of your nature and your will. Guard me from the lies of the adversary. As I journey through this dry land, feed me and refresh me with your word and your wisdom. I am weak, but you are my strong tower. I trust your mighty power to guide me and keep me. Amen.

Guide Me in the Path of Peace
Father, I thank you that you are my light shining in the darkness. When I don’t know which way to turn, I can run to your light. Lord, shine your light on the dark places in my heart and mind. Guide my feet in the path of peace and blessing. When I am in the dark ravine of fear and discouragement, be my sunrise, bringing security and the knowledge of how to proceed. Keep me in your perfect will. Amen.

Hold My Hand Prayer
Faithful God, I confess that many times I lack common sense, or I fail to exercise it. I often lack knowledge of what to do, or I know but don’t do it. In these times, Lord, please hold my right hand. Keep me from stumbling or straying into danger. Be to me a faithful Father, guiding me with your counsel. Whom have I in heaven but you? And on earth, I desire only you. You are the strength of my heart and my portion forever. Amen.

Incline Your Ear to Me Prayer
O Lord, in you I have taken refuge. Incline your ear to me and come quickly to assist me. Be my rock of refuge, the stronghold of my deliverance. O my rock and my fortress, lead me and guide me for the sake of your name. Free me from the snares laid out for me by the adversary, for you are my redeemer and my God of truth. I commit my paths, my decisions, and my well-being to you. Amen.

Prayer to the Spirit of Truth
Lord, my Provider, I thank you that you have blessed us who believe in you with the Spirit of Truth. And now, Holy Spirit, please guide me into all truth and help me to use the power of your truth. Speak to me what you hear from the Father and declare to me what is to come. Point out the way in unknown territory and unfold the treasures of God. With your celestial fire, enlighten my spiritual eyes, to see as you see. Amen.

Submission to the Spirit’s Guidance
Father, help me to not only discover and understand your guidance and your will, but to bend my will to obey yours. Give me ears to listen carefully to what I should do, and a willing heart to carry out your directives. Guide me into all wisdom, even when it looks different from the “wisdom” of the world. Help me speak what you tell me to say and do what you tell me to do. Thank you for teaching me. Amen.

Unfamiliar Paths Prayer
Lord, my Helper, as I walk down unfamiliar paths, guide me. Turn the darkness into light before me and the rough places into level ground. I have no knowledge of what is around the next bend, or what unexpected things will come my way, but you know all things. I put myself into your hands in quiet faith. I thank you for your perpetual presence – that you abide in me when I abide in you. In your presence is light. Amen.

The Lamp of God Prayer
God of Truth, I thank you for your commandments and teaching. I am determined that I will not forsake them but bind them always on my heart. As I walk, may your teachings guide me and give me direction. When I lie down, may they watch over me. When I awake, may they speak to me. Your commands are my lamp and your teachings enlighten my understanding. I thank you that your wise and instructive discipline preserves and prolongs my life. Amen.

Lay Your Hand upon Me Prayer
God, you know me well. You understand my thoughts and are aware of all my ways. Even before a word is on my tongue, you know what I am going to say. Thank you for going before and behind me and laying your hand upon me. This is all so wonderful! Your presence and your Spirit are always with me. No matter where I go, your hand will guide me and hold me fast. Even darkness is light to you. Thank you, ever-present Lord, for your constant instructions in all things. Amen.

Direct My Heart Prayer
Lord, direct my heart into your love – a steadfast, habitual, all-pleasing love. Guide my heart into the perseverance of Christ – unbroken calmness, endurance, and persistence in service. When faced with evil, guide me through the storm with a heart of love and tenacity in doing good works for your kingdom. May my choices and priorities be guided by pure affection for you, the lover of my soul. May my actions be guided by the consciousness that when I exercise faith, you exercise power – in and through me. Amen.

Direction for Decisions Prayer
Lord, I bring before you these important decisions that I need to make regarding my life. I know my choices will shape my future, so direct me in wisdom. Help me to clearly identify my goals – and may those be in line with your plans for me. Help me to carefully research and consider the options available to me. Help me weigh the pros and cons and the consequences of each decision. And, once I’ve given each option my careful consideration and prayer, let me confidently decide, without second-guessing myself. Amen.

Times of Change Prayer
Lord, my Strength, I’m going through many changes in my life, which often make me feel unsettled. I frequently feel stressed and fearful that I will take the wrong step. Lord, please guide and direct me through these changes, and help me be more resilient. Help me develop the new skills I need to deal with these new challenges. Help me have a positive attitude and not fixate on things out of my control. Help me seek out and obtain the support I need from family and friends. Amen.

Navigating a New Season Prayer
Righteous Father, your word tells me that there is a season for everything and a time for every purpose under heaven. Holy Spirit, please lead me through this new season. Help me realize the value of this season and the appropriate actions I need to take. Guard me from making harmful decisions. Help me learn as much as I can in this present season to prepare me for the future. Help me accomplish what you want me to achieve in this season. Amen.

Guidance Prayer
O Lord, my God, help me to trust you with my decisions and my future. Let me lean on you with all my heart instead of relying on my own imperfect understanding. Give me clear guidance in my life, Lord. As I submit myself to you, I know that you will direct my paths and I can have confidence that your direction is always the best way to go. Hear my prayer, Father. Through Jesus Christ, our Lord, Amen.

Follow Your Ways Prayer
Gracious Heavenly Father, your word says that you will always guide me. You do not leave me wandering through life, but you are with me during every moment of every day. You will satisfy my needs when I feel frustrated and you will strengthen me when life makes me weary. Help me to follow your ways as you lead me into a life of fruitfulness and joy. May I be like the well-watered garden which thrives because the roots are firmly planted in your love.  Through Jesus Christ, our Lord, Amen.

Lead Me Prayer
Loving Father, please send your Holy Spirit to lead me. You said that your Spirit will teach me all things and guide me into all truth. Remind me of the words of Jesus as I make choices today. When I become overwhelmed with the decisions that are placed before me, please give me the peace that surpasses all understanding. Clear my mind to follow you with all my heart, all my soul, all my mind, and all my strength.  Through Jesus Christ, our Lord, Amen.

Good Father Prayer
Generous Father, you have told me to ask you for whatever I need. You said that if I ask, it will be given. If I seek, I will find. If I knock, the door will be opened to me. I ask you for guidance and direction now, Lord, and pray that you would answer my request. You are a perfectly good Father who only ever gives good gifts to his children. You love to give good gifts to those who ask. As your humble child, I ask for the gift of wisdom today.  Through Jesus Christ, our Lord, Amen.

Direct My Steps Prayer
God of all Truth, I spend so much time thinking, planning, and worrying about my life. Your word says that, although people plan their course in their hearts, it is you who establishes our steps. Help me to make you the center of my planning. I can do nothing without you giving me the strength to do it. I can plan nothing without you giving me the mind to plan it. The desires of my heart can only be satisfied in you. Direct my steps, Lord, to follow you.  Through Jesus Christ, our Lord, Amen.

Teach Me Prayer
God, you made me and you love me. My circumstances do not define me, my identity is as your child. Whatever I do today, your loving eye is on me and you have promised to counsel me. Help me to bring everything in my life before you. When I am uncertain, help me look to you. Instruct me and teach me, Lord, in the way that I should go and the paths that I should take.  Through Jesus Christ, our Lord, Amen.

Clear Mind Prayer
God, your word is living and active. Help me to be attentive to your voice as you guide me through life. Your word is a lamp for my feet. When I don’t know where I am going, help me to listen to you and follow the path that you show me. You are a light shining in the darkness. When I don’t know which way to turn would you shine the light of your love into the cloud of confusion. Bring clarity to my mind.  Through Jesus Christ, our Lord, Amen.

Uncertain Times Prayer
Lord, Jesus Christ, when I am uncertain about what I should do, show me your ways. When I don’t know which way to turn, teach me your paths. In everything I do, I ask you to guide me. My hope is found in you from the moment I wake up until the moment I fall asleep. You are my Savior. You have rescued me from sin and I ask that you protect me from making sinful choices.  Through Jesus Christ, our Lord, Amen.

Wisdom Prayer
God of all wisdom, you have promised that if anybody lacks wisdom, we should ask you, and you will give us that wisdom. I ask you for wisdom now, Lord. Help me to make wise decisions that are for my good and your glory. You will give me wisdom not because I have earned it, but because it is a free and gracious gift. You are a generous, loving Father, and all wisdom is found in you. Give me all the wisdom I need right now.  Through Jesus Christ, our Lord, Amen.

God’s Presence Prayer
Mighty God, if I try and live my life without you, I will fail. Long ago, you sent your presence in a towering cloud and burning pillar of fire to guide your people through the wilderness. When I don’t know which way to go, I ask that I would know your presence near me, guiding me in the right direction. I do not want to go anywhere without you, Lord, because being in your presence is the best place for me. Protect me from harm and direct my steps. Through Jesus Christ, our Lord, Amen.

Providence Prayer
God, Creator of all things, you made me and you know me better than anyone else. You know me better than I know myself. Your eyes watched over my development in my mother’s womb and all my days are written in your book before I was even born. Help me to trust in your providence, Lord. You are my provider and protector. You are my wisdom and my light. Guide my thoughts, words, and actions as I live my life.  Through Jesus Christ, our Lord, Amen.

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Most Inspiring Bible Verses on Direction

Psalm 32:8
I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my eye upon you.

Isaiah 30:21
And your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying, “This is the way, walk in it,” when you turn to the right or when you turn to the left.

Isaiah 58:11
And the Lord will guide you continually and satisfy your desire in scorched places and make your bones strong; and you shall be like a watered garden, like a spring of water, whose waters do not fail.

Proverbs 3:6
In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.

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Author Bio
Natalie Regoli is a child of God, devoted wife, and mother of two boys. She has a Masters Degree in Law from The University of Texas. Natalie has been published in several national journals and has been practicing law for 18 years. If you would like to reach out to contact Natalie, then go here to send her a message.