The human condition is that we are on our own. Each man for himself. Even the non-believers tend to add “God for us all!” Prayer for guidance is not a way of turning away from our responsibility. It is a way of accepting that you cannot do this on your own.
Most of us won’t realise just how difficult this may actually be in practice. We have a fatherless generation that is having to do things their own way. They have not been able to truly depend on anyone without being let down. It goes without saying, they too need guidance. Yet man’s shortcomings have clouded their view of God.
It is not only those who have bad intentions that end up on the wrong paths. In fact, we are all prone to this. Even with the noblest of intentions, we will likely find ourselves on the wrong path. They do say the road to hell is paved with good intentions.
Proverbs 14:12 New King James Version (NKJV)
There is a way that seems right to a man,
But its end is the way of death.
Proverbs 14:12 makes this very clear. The man that is spoken of in this verse has the right intention. So he takes what “seems” to be the right path. Yet in the end, it only leads to death. That will not be your testimony! In the mighty name of Jesus
Prayer for Guidance
Dear Heavenly Father, may I not end up on the paths that seem right to me. Paths that will only lead me to death. Guide me away from such paths, oh Lord, that I may walk in your way! Open my eyes to see paths that seem right, but, are not right. In Jesus’ name! Amen.
Exodus 33:15 Then he said to Him, “If Your Presence does not go with us, do not bring us up from here.
Those who have stood before us in faith have set great examples for us to follow in this regard. They understood what you should understand today. There is great value in walking with the Lord. Rather be in the flames with him like the 3 Hebrew friends, than on chariots without him. Even in the flames with him, his glory will be seen.
Father, our prayer today is that we would never set off to start anything without you. May we never set off to build or to do anything without you. Let our eyes not be too caught up in doing tasks and ticking off boxes of things done. Even when we think we are doing things in your name, and for the right reasons and causes.
Let this never be done outside of you. If your presence does not go with us, do not bring us from here, oh Lord! In Jesus’ name! Amen
Psalm 37:23 New King James Version (NKJV)
The steps of a good man are [a]ordered by the Lord,
And He delights in his way.
Dear Heavenly Father, all of man’s righteousness is filthy rags before you. For you are a holy God. My righteousness is in Christ. Father, I pray that you would order my footsteps. Show me where it is that I should go. May I walk only in your will or not at all.
Guide me in all that I do. Lord, guide me in my relationships, in the workplace, in business and in ministry. May they know that I have been with you when they see me. Let your hand be evident in all that I set out to do. Father use me is a canvas to showcase your glory.
13 Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were uneducated and untrained men, they marveled. And they realized that they had been with Jesus.
You see God took ordinary fishermen and did extraordinary things through them. He took uneducated men and used them to train the wise into his kingdom. The Bible tells us that he uses fools to confound the wise. When you are led by God, your words mirror this. Let us pray!
Dear God, let my walk be a testament to who you are. Father, let it be a shining light to those who know you. May those who see me walking in the footsteps that you have ordered recognise your hand over my life. Impart obedience into me oh Lord. To walk in your will even where it hurts.
As I follow you oh Lord, let it be known, put me in places that my education and training could not ever put me. That your glory may be seen. You are faithful to reward those that diligently walk in your way. Not for my glory, but yours oh Lord. Amen
Proverbs 11:14 New King James Version (NKJV)
Where there is no counsel, the people fall;
But in the multitude of counselors there is safety.
The success and failure of anything that we ever do will always be influenced by those around us. Not entirely, but those we keep around us play a significant role in who we become. The disciples spent only 3 years with Jesus, but in that time he poured out enough for them to take the gospel to the ends of the earth.
Lord, I pray for good counsel. Surround me with men and women of wisdom. Men and women who would know to stir me to walk in your will. I shall not be found in the counsel of fools! God forbid. Instead, Lord, raise wisdom in my sphere of influence. For such a time as this.
I yield all control to you, most high God. Have your way with me. Amen
May the Lord’s hand be seen in your life, by your prayers today. He is