In life, there are many decisions we must make, and not all of them are clear cut. Here are 20 powerful prayers for wisdom and direction, including images you can print to use and share.
Open Doors Prayer
Dear God, I know that You can open doors that no man can ever shut. It’s not always easy for me to see and sense the direction I need to take. And so today, I trust and ask You to lead me to open doors of opportunity that you have prepared for me. Help me make sense of the options that lay before me and help me see and make the right choices today. Amen.
Light for the Way Prayer
Dear Lord, I am praying for some light today. I know that You are the Source of Light. You are the very Light Giver. Please lighten my path so that I can tread rightly. I don’t want to get lost and I don’t want to get sidetracked. Keep me on track by illuminating my every step. Shine Your light over my thoughts as You help me navigate my life and decisions in the right direction. Amen.
Trust and Dependence Prayer
Faithful Father, You remain trustworthy despite my failures and unfaithfulness. You are always dependable, and it’s not because of what I’ve done but because that is Who You are. Help me Lord to take that fully to heart. Help me place my full trust and dependence on You. I seek and trust You for wisdom and direction in every decision and every endeavor I take. Lead me, Father, Amen.
Wisdom to Deal with Difficulties Prayer
Mighty God, You can do all things and no plan of Yours can ever be restrained. You direct the lives of Your children and You purposefully plan every circumstance. Grant me, Lord, the wisdom to understand the difficulties along my path and allow me to feel and see Your comforting hand in the midst of these troubles. Bless me with a faith that gives me the confidence to face difficulties unfazed, knowing that Your plans are always perfect. Amen.
Wisdom to Deal with Confusion Prayer
Lord, You are all-wise, the source of all true wisdom. With Your supreme wisdom, you have planned my life and the course I have to take. Lead me, Lord, to the way I have to go through and direct me to the path you have prepared for me. Help me Lord to make the right decisions and allow me to experience Your power and love in my life that I may, with a sound mind, shun away the fears that confusion brings. Amen.
Wisdom to Understand and Accept God’s Will Prayer
Father, You have granted me grace and mercy beyond what I deserve. You alone are worthy of my offering and my worship. Help me Lord to live a life that is pleasing to You and that aligns with your perfect plan for my life. Give me the wisdom to determine the wrong influences that will take me down the wrong path and help me avoid them. You know what is best for me so nurture in me the desire and diligence to seek Your will. Amen.
My heavenly Father, You see all things and know all that there is. Your understanding is beyond measure and Your knowledge is perfect. Teach me, Lord, that I may walk in Your wisdom. Guide my steps so that I do not end up in the wrong path, and direct my thoughts so that I do not make the wrong choices. Amen.
Loving Father, You are the provider of all heavenly understanding and the One capable guide to paths that lead to joy and fulfillment. Give me discernment to check and correct my own understanding and to put away all unhelpful thoughts that lead me astray. Make my heart more sensitive to Your guiding hand so that I can sense, understand, and appreciate Your working in my life. Help me fully yield to Your guidance that my paths may always be straight. Amen.
Wisdom during Doubt and Anxiety Prayer
Almighty Father, You faithfully provide wisdom and understanding whenever I need help and direction. Help me remember the countless times You’ve poured blessings upon me. Comfort me with thoughts of your faithful loving care that I may rid my mind and heart of doubts and anxieties. Help me find wisdom in Your faithful promises. Let them encourage me as I seek and follow Your direction and completely focus on the life You desire for me to have. Amen.
Honoring God with My Choices Prayer
Glorious One, You are worthy of all praise. And You desire for me to honor You, not just in the significant areas of my life, but even in the seemingly trivial aspects. I know that success in life will always be rooted in You so help me to remember this and to constantly prioritize You in my life. Give me the wisdom to make careful choices with You in mind, and to take steps and pursue directions that honor and glorify You. Amen.
Abiding in Him Prayer
Lord God, You’ve always cared for me as a loving Father. You lay out what’s best for my life. You’re there to prod me on when I do right and You’re there when I go astray, helping me get back on track. Teach me, Lord, to always be attentive to Your loving corrections. Help me to understand and remember my need to stay close to You. Help me find You in Your Holy Word so I may gain more wisdom in life, in the decisions I make, and in the path I take. Amen.
Lord of Heaven, in You, I find true rest when I’m weary. When I feel burdened, in You I find relief. I seek Your wisdom. I await Your direction. Teach me to be calm and patient especially when things are not turning out as expected or planned. In times of setbacks and failures, help me hold on to Your promise of guidance and blessing. Still my heart and help me to keep trusting. Amen.
When Things Don’t Seem to Work Out Prayer
Wise Father, You have lovingly called and chosen me for Your special design and purpose. You’ve always watched over me, helping me grow and succeed. I know that things will not always go as I planned them to. As I try to make sense of why my plans don’t seem to work out, I cast all my cares on You Lord. Comfort and assure me with Your presence. I trust in Your wisdom as You work things out for my good. Amen.
Father, I know that You are All-Wise. I’m sorry for the times I second guess Your guidance. Help me Lord to humbly submit to Your leading and to trust Your ways. Humble me and teach me not to depend on my own wisdom but to entrust my plans to You. Remind me constantly Lord that is is only through Your wisdom and direction that I can get to where I need to be and attain all I can achieve in this life. Amen.
Wisdom in Opportunities Prayer
Almighty Father, You empower man with the will and capability to work and achieve things for Your good pleasure. Cultivate in me the awareness to sense when Your hand is at work. Help me develop the discernment to know which opportunities You are sending my way. Clear my mind and send Your peace when an opportunity comes that I should take. Do not allow me to tread an inch and choose wrong or unproductive opportunities. And grant me wisdom to learn from every opportunity, whether positive or negative, that comes my way. Amen.
Hearing and Listening Prayer
Gracious God, You are the source of all godly counsel and You always direct us to what is best for us. Develop in me a sensitivity for Your Voice. Teach me to be still and quietly listen. Do not allow the noise of wrong influences and ungodly advice muddle my thoughts and distract me from listening to the right things. Help me focus my hearing on helpful words and advice. Help me stay strong against discouraging and unproductive remarks. Tune my ear to words that provide guidance and direction towards a fruitful life. Amen.
Loving Savior, You’ve afforded us the wisdom to recognize Your ways and understand Your Word. But at times we can unknowingly resist You and Your work in our lives. Give me Lord the strength and the courage to resist my hesitations and to be aware when I have neglected You or ignored Your guidance. Lead me to the right counsel and help me follow the right path. I recognize that Your plans are not just better, but exactly the best for me. Amen.
Father in heaven, I know You love me greatly. You faithfully and caringly reach out even when I constantly wander off in the wrong direction. Help me to be sensitive to Your leading. Allow me to realize right away when I’ve gone off-track. Please don’t let confusions, fears, and doubts haunt me and harden my heart to stop seeking Your plan and direction for my life. You’ve got it all sorted out. I just need to stay on the right course. Give me the wisdom to keep making the right choices and to keep upholding the right values. Amen.
Direction from the Holy Spirit Prayer
Loving God, You’ve sent us Your Holy Spirit to be our Comforter, our Teacher, and our Guide. Allow Your Spirit Lord to comfort me in times of anxieties and worries. Let Him teach me Your ways and guide me into all truth, that I may be blessed with the wisdom to understand and perceive by faith the plans You have for me. Let Him direct my thoughts and guide my decisions so that I may make the most of your will in my life. Amen.
God’s Word Prayer
Loving Father, Your word is the source of wisdom and godly direction. It is a lamp to my feet and a constant light to my path. Help me develop a love for Your word and a craving to meditate on it regularly. In the Bible, I can find solid principles to help me live wisely and to help me pursue the right kind of life. Help me understand the Bible and draw learnings that can put me on the right map and help me make good, solid choices in this life. Amen.
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Natalie Regoli is a child of God, devoted wife, and mother of two boys. She has a Master's Degree in Law from The University of Texas. Natalie has been published in several national journals and has been practicing law for 18 years.