In the book of Jeremiah, Jeremiah sends a letter to the elders, prophets, and people Nebuchadnezzar exiled to Babylon. In the letter, Jeremiah tells the exiles that God has a plan for them, writing in Jeremiah 29:11: "For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."
As Christians, Jeremiah's words ring true for us today. Whether we realize it or not, God is always guiding us through life. And in times of stress, struggle, and heartache, we can turn to Him in prayer.
So, to help you connect with the Lord, we'd like to share three actionable tips and six prayers for guidance in this article.
If you feel lost, uncertain, or confused about your path in life, you should turn to our Creator for help. God lovingly created you with a plan for your life, so when you connect with Him, you reconnect with your path.
Here are three ways to connect with God for guidance.
As Jesus says in John 15:5, "Apart from me, you can do nothing."
The power of prayer is profound. As Christians, we ask for miracles, seek wisdom, draw comfort, and revitalize ourselves by intimately connecting with our Creator in prayer. Naturally, you should turn to prayer when you need a guiding hand.
To pray for guidance, find a quiet place for complementation. Then, pray in your head, out loud, or by writing out your prayers in a journal. Alternatively, you might like to pray with a loved one or a supportive member of your church.
When praying for guidance, consider using intercession and petition prayers (as opposed to adoration, thanksgiving, and praise prayers). You can learn more about these in our "Powerful prayers for protection" article.
As Christians, we can look to God's word to see how He has guided others.
For example, you might like to look to these Bible verses:
These verses tell us something crucial about God's guiding hand: we only receive it when we submit and trust in Him.
The story of David also reflects this message. Before submitting to God, David committed the sins of murder and adultery, as he had an affair with Bathsheba and murdered her husband, Uriah.
When David came to God, he confessed his transgressions and submitted himself to his Creator. And through this act, God promised him guidance in Psalms 32:8: "I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go; I will guide thee with Mine eye."
Though you (hopefully) haven't sinned as David did, you can still learn something crucial here. To receive God's guidance, you must confess your sins, open your heart, and seek the Lord through His word.
While God knows His plan for our lives, we don't have access to that information. Instead, we should look to how God guides us every day as signs of His plan for us.
For example, if you feel lonely and receive an unexpected request to help at a church event, God has presented you with an opportunity to connect with others. Though you may not know it, He put your loneliness on someone else's heart, and He intends for you to seize the chance for friendship.
Though God is mighty, He can't force us to follow His will. Instead, He provides us with opportunities to walk His path for us.
As we see from the story of Saul and the medium (recounted in our Bible meditation "Guidance from the Medium"), God is the only one who can offer us true guidance. So to help you connect with Him, we've written six prayers you can use.
"Holy Spirit, I ask you to guide me through my day today. My heart is open to your will, and I wish to walk your path for me. Take me where you will have me go. Amen."
"Heavenly Father, I thank you for everything you give me.
When things are dark, I seek your guiding light, and it draws me away from sin.
Thank you for the gift of your wisdom. Thank you for shaping my path, and thank you for granting me the strength to live your truth.
As is said in Psalms 25:4–5, "Guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are my God my savior, and my hope is in you all day long."
Give me strength, and let me live by those words.
"Lord, please look after me and grant my prayers for strength.
Every step I take, the enemy tempts me.
Every day, I see sins and temptations around me. I try to resist and live in your word — but I frequently stumble in uncertain times.
Grant me protection from the ills of the world and guide me to safety.
Give me security so that I may walk the right path.
You're my shepherd. Lord, guide me.
Today, I've reflected on your words in Isaiah 51:11.
Please Lord, water me like a garden. Lay your guiding hands on me and guide me where you will have me go.
You've given us everything here on earth — including the life of your son, Jesus Christ. I can never repay you for the gifts you've given me.
Let me now follow your will and live out your vision.
In Jesus' name, Amen."
I need you today more than ever before.
I am trying to walk your path for me — but I am stumbling, and I fear I will fall.
I need your counsel and wisdom in this difficult time.
Please guide me where you will have me walk.
I'm faithful, and I'll follow now and always.
In Lord Jesus's name, Amen."
"Oh Almighty God,
We wish to serve you and follow your design for our relationship, but we're weary and afraid.
We know you brought us together, but we feel separated in spirit.
Help us let go of anger and embrace forgiveness.
Remind us of our respect for one another and you.
Let us make the right decisions together.
Loving Father, please grant us faith to follow your design for our life.
We ask you to walk with us.
God has a divine vision for His children. So when you have a hard time and don't know the way forward, you can look to Him for guidance.
As is said in Proverbs 3:6: "In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight."
If you'd like to learn more about God's love for His children, listen to our Bible meditation “Lost and Found.” Or, if you'd like to listen to other Pray.com content, download our app from the iOS app store or Google Play.