Decisions often require quick movement and swift action. And when faced with the burden of making important decisions, oftentimes our hearts and minds become clouded in selfish ambition. Depending on the scale of our upcoming decision, we can inevitably wander in our prayers, leave God at the side, or abandon prayer altogether.
When I encounter a place where I know a decision needs to be made, these are the top three needs I ask from the Lord. I pray that you may use these words to help guide your prayer:
Pray for WISDOM & DISCERNMENT
Father, I need wisdom that only your Spirit can give me. Help me to not lean solely on my own opinions, thoughts, or dreams — or what my society, culture, and circle have to say. I need godly — not earthly — wisdom, Lord. Please supply me in knowledge and truth as I battle these tough decisions and uncertainty. Father, open my eyes to the barriers holding me back from spiritual progress and help me to walk confidently as I discern the next steps I need to take in my life.
Pray for CLARITY & PEACE
Lord God, I pray for a clear understanding and a peace that only you can provide. Remind me that my thoughts are not your thoughts and my ways are not your ways (Isaiah 55:8-9) when I am struggling to see clearly and make decisions — and that peace is a gift only you supply. When I’m restless, anxious, and uneasy, strengthen me to move forward with eyes only fixed on you. Please keep the Enemy from polluting my heart and confusing my mind as I draw nearer to your truths, Lord.
Pray for HIS WILL
Heavenly Father, I admit that in my sinfulness and brokenness, too often I desire my will above yours. Lord, forgive me for my selfishness and unbelief as I react to this unclear season of life. Jesus, as you yourself desired not your own will but the Father’s will (Matthew 26:39; Mark 14:36; Luke 22:42), so let me echo this prayer in boldness and humility. Equip me to truly believe that you are good, you are sovereign, and are a Father who desires only the best blessings for me — but that what you see as a blessing may not be mirrored in how I perceive it. Lord, by praying “your will be done,” I surrender in trust and obedience.