17 Prayers for Guidance in Decision Making
We all have to make decisions every day of our lives. And we must constantly make sure that the decisions we make are always God's Will and not ours.
God is very interested in our choices. That is why He not only wants us to make the right decisions, but He also wants to guide us in making those decisions. Indeed, God knows the desires of our heart, but above all, He knows what is best for us and He plans to reveal it to us and show us what we should do. Therefore, to be successful in making good decisions every day of our lives, we need to clearly understand what the Bible teaches us about God's ways and pray for guidance in making decisions by asking for the wisdom of the Holy Spirit.
Making a decision can be very stressful. Indeed, we are often confronted with situations that require us to make important decisions that when taken wrongly can greatly affect us. Unfortunately, we sometimes make the mistake of dismissing prayer and not trusting God for guidance in making decisions.
In this sense, the apostle Paul encourages us in Philippians 4:6-7 by saying: "Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus."
Having the right guidance in life requires abiding by the Lord’s will and having His discernment in your life. These prayers for guidance in your decision-making will offer you the encouragement and focus you need.
1. Wisdom Prayer
Father God, Your word says that if anyone lacks wisdom, they should ask, and You will give them generously. I am about to make a huge decision in my life, but I don’t know how to go about it, Father God. I come to You today to ask You for wisdom. Lead me in the way that I should go that I may be able to bring glory to Your holy name. In the mighty name of Jesus. Amen.
2. Prayer for Grace for Every Decision I Make
Gracious Father, I am dealing with a very complex situation right now. I need Grace during this time so that I can do the right thing. Let Your Grace be upon me so that I may find favor with the right people. Father, do not let me be ashamed for those who oppose me are waiting for me to stumble and fall. Give me a clear vision of where to go and how to get there. Let Your grace help me to rely on You fully for the glory of Your holy name. In Jesus’ name, I believe and pray. Amen.
3. Patience Prayer
Heavenly Father, remove anything in me that will cause me to make rash decisions. Give me the patience to handle big and small decisions in different areas of my life. Fill me with divine strength that I may always follow Your leading. May I take the path You are showing me even if it seems long. Lord, slow me down when I rush and teach me how to make decisions calmly. In Jesus’ name, I pray and believe. Amen.
4. Prayer for Peace
Father, I pray for peace upon my heart today, the peace of mind that will last eternally – a peace that only You can provide. Oh Lord, strengthen and give me Your peace that will wash out my restlessness, anxiety, and uneasiness. Give me victory, Lord, from the enemy bringing confusion and worry into my mind. Oh Lord, fill me with Your peace that will be the conviction in any decision I make. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.
5. Prayer for Wisdom – Ask Holy Spirit for Wisdom
Holy Spirit, fill me with the wisdom I need to succeed in my life decisions. Please help me with your wisdom daily as I battle tough decisions in my career, marriage, business, finances, academics, and ministry. Teach me, Lord, not to depend wholly on my thoughts and opinions. I need Your wisdom to do the right thing at the right time. Oh Lord, help me with the wisdom to choose rightly – and to choose the right way. In Jesus Christ’s name, I pray. Amen.
6. Peace of Mind Prayer
Lord Jesus, I am in despair. Everyone is looking at me to make the final decision. My heart is full of fear. But we walk by faith and not sight, that is why today I am asking You to remove every doubt that is in my heart and replace it with peace. I refuse to let my heart be troubled or afraid. I know that you are with me till the end of time. Today I choose to walk in the same peace that Jesus has. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.
7. Overcoming Fear and Anxiety Prayer
Dear Lord, my heart is full of anxiety. I don’t know how to go about this issue. The decision I make today is going to affect my family and friends. I am scared of failing and shaming my loved ones. But your word says that you have not given us a spirit of fear but of power, love, and sound mind. Let Your word come alive in me. Let me be filled with love and power so that I can make decisions that glorify You. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.
8. Discernment Prayer
Lord of heaven and earth, so many things await me once I take this step. But I cannot make this decision without You. You are the only one who knows how this decision will affect me. I come to You today asking You to help me make sound decisions. Lord, help me be a better judge in every situation that I face. Open my spiritual eyes so that I can see who and what I am dealing with. In Jesus’ name, I believe, and pray. Amen.
9. Prayer for God’s Will
Oh Lord, my Father, forgive me of the sinfulness and selfishness of always allowing my will to prevail over Your will in every one of my actions. Help me, Lord, honestly believe and trust You as the only good and caring God who always desires the best for me. Let Your will be done in my life daily, as I obey Your word entirely. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.
10. Prayer for a humble spirit
Lord, today I pray for a humble spirit to depend on You in my life decisions. You promised me in Your word that You will lead the humble in what is right and teach the humble his way. Father, I decrease that You might increase in me. Grant me Your guidance, which grants me the humble obedience to accept it in Jesus’ name. Amen.
11. Past Disappointments Prayer
O Lord, there are decisions I have made in the past that have left me hurt, broken, and insecure. Now I have to make another decision, but the past keeps flooding my heart, and it is making me second guess myself. Lord, take control of my mind. Help me to focus on Your leading and not my past failures. In Jesus’ name, I believe and pray. Amen.
12. Prayer for When Feeling Uncertain about Your Decision
Almighty God, You are the great I am, nothing is too difficult for You. Father, I am currently facing a difficult time, I need to make a major decision in my life, but I don’t know how to go about it. Uncertainty has clouded my mind, and I feel like I am drifting away. Lord, remove hesitation from my heart so that I can be able to make the right decisions. Fill me up so that I may follow Your guidance without any fear or doubt in Jesus’ name. Amen.
13. Your Will, Not Mine Prayer
Loving Father, only You know my end from the beginning. Nothing I do or say catches You by surprise. You know what is in my heart, good or bad. Everyone around me is choosing to do things their way, and it is very tempting for me to do so too. But Father God, I want Your will to be done in my life. If it is not your will for me to take this path, then Father, give me divine strength to accept and to follow Your lead. May every decision I make be pleasing to You. In Jesus’ name, I believe and pray. Amen.
14. Short Prayer for Discernment
Oh Lord, open my eyes to see anything hindering me from attaining spiritual progress. Then, please help me to make bold decisions as I discern the next steps I need to take in my life. Amen.
15. Prayer for His instruction
Lord, Guide me to the right decision. Instruct me not to necessarily choose what I want to do but what You want me to do. Help and guide me so I will not be strayed while making life decisions. Holy Spirit, teach me Your word in Jesus’ name. Amen.
16. Prayer for Protection from Wrong Influences
Heavenly Father, You are my refuge and hiding place that is why I am here asking You to protect me against the lies of the enemy. Shield me from weapons that have forged against me to prevent me from making decisions that are within Your will. Reveal to me the people that the enemy is using to lead me astray and help me to cut them off from my life. I cover my mind, body, and spirit with the blood of Jesus. In Jesus’ name, I believe and pray. Amen.
17. Obedience Prayer
Holy Lord, your word says obedience is better than sacrifice. Father, help me to walk in obedience as I make decisions about my life, family, and career. Let those decisions align with your word. Show me the path You have set for me and how to walk in it. Where I have been walking in disobedience, Father, forgive me. Let Your Holy Spirit guide me in everything that I do so that I may not go against Your word. Humble my heart so that I may be flexible. It is in Jesus’ name, I believe and pray. Amen.