Praying For Guidance – 16 Prayers To Help You In Time of Need

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When tough times call, most people, even non Christians, often find themselves uttering a small prayer of guidance. For Christians, they understand and know that Christ has their best interest. Of course, it doesn’t make it any easier to accept uncertainty.

As a Christian one of the foremost things you do as you enter into Christianity is that you are required to fully surrender everything to the Holy Spirit’s guidance.

He will take whatever’s bad in your life and transform them inside out; turning you into the best possible person you can be under Christ.

This may seem easy but it takes a long time to finally reach the point where we can fully surrender our needs, wants and other so-called necessities and simply trust that Christ through the Holy Spirit will provide for everything.

On the other hand, entering through this relationship doesn’t mean it’ll be peaches and cake since as humans; we are predisposed to doubt and fear.

So if you find yourself in a situation where you feel like you’re going through a dark tunnel with no end in sight, here are a few important Bible Verses to remember as you utter prayer for guidance.

  •  “O Lord, I know the way of a man is not in himself; it is not in man who walks to direct his own steps.” (Jeremiah 10:23)
  •  “The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord …” (Psalm 37:23)
  •  “A man’s steps are of the Lord. How then can a man understand his own way?” (Proverbs 20:24)
  •  “There is a way which seems right to a man, but its end is the way of death.” (Proverbs 14:12)
  •  “The Lord is my Shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me to lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside the still waters. He restores my soul; He leads me in the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake.” (Psalm 23:1)
  • My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me.” (John 10:27)
  •  “Direct my steps by Your word, and let no iniquity have dominion over me.” (Psalm 119:133)
  •  “Show me Your ways, O Lord; teach me Your paths. Lead me in Your truth and teach me, for You are the God of my salvation …” (Psalm 25:4)
  • Thus says the Lord, your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel: “I am the Lord your God, who teaches you to profit, who leads you by the way you should go.” (Isaiah 48:17)
  • For this is God, our God forever and ever; He will be our guide even to death.” (Psalm 48:14)
  •  “The Lord will guide you continually …” (Isaiah 58:11)
  • “I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will guide you with My eye.” (Psalm 32:8)
  • Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.” (Proverbs 3:5)
  • The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord …” (Psalm 37:23)
  • Therefore be followers of God as dear children.” (Ephesians 5:1)
  • “My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me.” (John 10:27)

When praying, keep these verses in mind. Quote them back to the Lord and claim them as part of your life. You are a child of God, and he does have beautiful plans for you and your life.

Even though uncertainty and other problems might beset you right now, rest assured that the Lord is always there to help and guide you. All you have to do is ask for his help.

Please let us know if there are any other prayers for guidance that are not listed here that you have prayed.


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  1. Thank you for the scriptures. I’ve been going through a lot and I’m not sure how to handle the situation. I have left my church in my heart because of continuous hurt. Some would say I’m wrong, I’ve held it in for many years. I’ve talk to the pastor her response was what about my feelings. Im made to look like the bad person. The people she talks to on a regular base look at me as the bad person. Judging me, hearing her side a nd condemning me. What shall I do?

  2. Every step I take, every choice that I make for good seems to always backfire. I pray for the Lords salvation, for his help but receive no answer, no comfort, no spiritual guidance. Each day I spiral farther downward hoping and praying for God’s mercy but it is never found.

    • Genesis 50:20
      “You intended to harm me, but God intended it all for good. He brought me to this position so I could save the lives of many people”
      Can you imagine being sold into slavery by your own brothers? Being a slave for years? Being wrongly accused and spending years in prison for something you didn’t do? Can you imagine how many prayers Joseph must have said during those long years? I wonder what went through his mind when year turned into another and another and still there seemed to be no answer. But we all know that God had NOT FORGOTTEN him. It’s easier for a mother to forget a child on her breast than for God to forget His child

    • I think you should see this as an opportunity to seek out new paths and taking very little steps to do it even if you have to just creep. Even though you think God isn’t listening, remember he is. Try some different kinds of things and remember not to be afraid and don’t be afraid to accept help at this difficult time for you. Remember you are not alone many people are going through difficulties.

    • You must remember, it isn’t in your time, it’s in God’s…the promise land was found in 40 years and the world was formed in 6 days-God has a plan, as a Christina, have faith, believe it, trust it and wait patiently on the Lord.

  3. All our sorrows Wil be our testimony..when a woman is about to give birth,she feels pain bt after giving birth she forgot the pains N be happy,so that means after every tunnel there is light..the fight is on N we can become more to conquer through jesus crist..jst read John 16

  4. I founf this site after searching for scriptures for guidance. Going thru legal issues with one of my sons and I’m praying for God to open doors and place the right people in our path. I’m praying for the wisdom to know when He is telling us to move or stay still and to be obedient to which one He says. Uncertainty is extremely hard which is why I’m asking for direction. I TRULY want to know if we are doing the right things before we do them. Please let us up in prayer. I know trouble don’t last always. I believe our breakthrough is coming.

  5. My husband died all of a sudden last year. He left me with 3 beautiful boys. I am at a crossroads whether to remarry or stay alone. The loneliness is killing me. My youngest is 4. Pls remember me in your prayers. I need a sense of direction. I need God to speak to me. I am 43 years old. I need emotional stability.

  6. After 18 years serving as a choral director in an area church, they eliminated my position due to financial struggles. I have cried a thousand tears, doubted my God, lost focus and direction and had quite a “pity-party.” Your commentary this morning reminded me that God knows my hurt, is giving me time to “finally reach the point where I can finally surrender and simply trust that Christ will provide for EVERYTHING!!” I taught music for 20 years in schools before being called to this church and believed that I would retire from this ministry. It has been a shock to think at age 62 I’d be looking for a job. This verse showed me that He patiently waits for His child to go through “human” emotions, refocus, recharge and begin to be led by His spirit. Thank you so much for your words of wisdom!!!

    • Ms. Brenda,

      I am praying that God has guided you in the direction he needed you in the most! Thanks for sharing your story. I’m soon to be 40 lost my only child years ago and desire to be a mom again and to be married. Well years of waiting and it has not happened. I have given up hope and now I’m taking care of my mom so my life has done a 360 so I just want my heart and desires to line up with with God has planned for me.


  7. I am facing difficult situation now, I have two suitors Who want my hand in marriage, but am confused and I don’t know who to go for, but with these scriptures I believe God will make a right choice for me, and I also want you my brethren to please help pray too, God bless the Author of this message

  8. I was confused in life. Did not know what to do, after reading this verses I have come to realize that He will guide my path by His word. God bless the author for such an encouraging verses.

  9. I look for words of guidance in god because I believe in his love I will slowly but surely and genuinely give my life to him and hope to remember more often than I have to thank him as well and ask for his guidance first and trust he will regardless guide me and show me the road meant for me to walk through to happiness Amen

  10. Thank you for the helpful scriptures. I am a final year student in university and I have been struggling to get back to my feet because of a broken relationship with my ex. Please help me pray for restoration and direction on how to fix this broken relationship. We still love each other but I don’t seem to understand what chains are holding us back from restoration. I have acknowledged my wrongs, and I am sorry and in regret for ruining what we once had. Please help me pray for direction as this is also affecting my school work… I surrender all to God and put him at the centre of restoration.

  11. Thank you for this great word of God, I’m blessed by them. At this point in my life I want God to take the lead, I don’t want to do it on my own anymore but God leadings, I want Almighty God to direct my path and show me the way to go.

  12. Lisa, Prayers for you to stay strong and wisdom to know what to do. Hold on to Jesus with everything you have. I do not have all of the information that your Pastor has. I say this respectfully and with love, Your safety comes first. Domestic Violence is not OK. You are a Child of God and if this man is hurting you it may be best to separate and continue to pray for him. There is a elderly couple in our church that are married to this day…but she had to leave him early in their marriage…God got a hold of him and he got saved and gave up drinking. God can heal your marriage, but make sure you are safe. -Pastor Jeff

  13. I have been struggling with addiction in the past and am now free.but i have a husband who does not go to church who is a alcoholic and very verbally and mentally abusive he has at times become physical with me.I struggle at times with my own issues and staying clean,I love the Lord with all I am and am trying to hold on to my marriage my pastor has told me to hold on I

    • Hold on sister and pray. God promises us he will never leave nor forsake us. Hebrews 13:5
      He also promises he will never put us through more than we can withstand. 1 Corinthians 10:13

      Sometimes I know I have wondered. I fight with addictions also.

  14. I came across this page when i did a search for Prayers and Bible verses for Gods direction concerning my life career.

    I plan to go on a 7 days fasting and prayers so that God can answer my prayers and show me which career to go for in my life. And i strongly believe that as i do so, he will surely show me the way.

  15. I recently got married and I need guidance on how to handle my husbands temper, he was nothing like this before we got married, he is a good Christian man, before we got married I prayed and ask God to show me without a doubt if it was his will for us to be husband and wife and I felt sure it was, prayers please

  16. Thank you for these scriptures they have helped me to bounce back from a very low point. God bless you.

  17. Lord i feel lost and confussed. nothing seem to be working right now in my life. i desperately need you to lead me to my green pastures and guide me with your eyes to the right business for me and other the step of my life patner to me in Jesus Name. Amen.

  18. Lord i need your clear direction.I’m not satisfied with my career right now..I know where I want to go but lord I need to know it’s your will for me to make this life changing decision. Lord will you help me to do your will aman.

  19. I did a search and finally realized that every step a man takes is suppose to be lead by God. Every step I have taken seems like I have not done anything, I always loose self courage. I pray to our lord jesus christ to bless me with wisdom, knowledge and understanding. AMEN

    • I thank God for the love and wisdom in the life of some concerned Christians. As it stands now, am in a state of confusion. I pray that God Almighty who knows where it pinches me will see me through and deliver me and my family in Es us name Amen.

  20. I am at the cross roads in my life. I pray for wisdom and guidance. I ask the Lord be the guide if my life and helps me make the right decision for my future and that of my children. I have just realised that life is so short and this world that we live in means people can be gone at anytime. What legacy do l leave my children? I feel so lost in tis world and l pray for your love and for your guidance.

    • I thank God for the love and wisdom in the life of some concerned Christians. As it stands now, am in a state of confusion. I pray that God Almighty who knows where it pinches me will see me through and deliver me and my family in Es us name Amen. I all so pray for God’s directions over my life.

  21. Trusting God to bless my womb with a baby and to come through in my marriage thank you for this scriptures.God bless

    • I have seen wombs open through the act of forgiveness and letting go of worry. Forgive everyone including your self, worry for nothing but trust God. Perhaps He will bless you!

  22. I came upon this page when I did a Google search for “scriptures for guidance.” I’m in a post-divorce and difficult co-parenting situation. I need Godly wisdom. This page has truly blessed me. It has help me begin my own war room. Thank you for this. God bless you.

  23. This morning I woke up. With a heaviness in my heart. My concern for my youngest son Salvador
    I always plead the blood over every situation. And I thank God every moment. For his protection he gives all my children. But Salvador has concern me
    And reading your quotes gave me peace. I pray for direction for his life. And his friends and decision he makes. Please stand with me in prayer for my son
    I know we serve a mighty God. So I pray that God would close this door in his life. And be the father his sons need and for Jennifer
    Thank you. For the word

    • Dear sister. God has heard your prayers. He’s seen the tears in your heart. He has prepare a way for your son Salvador. Receive my salutations and peace in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.

  24. Thank you for these scriptures that provide sure guidance when relied upon. The Word of God has everything we need and would have needed. Thank you for spending quality time in studying the WORD.

  25. I’ve been opressed by forces of darkness since 3 days now, but just this morning, something say I should open my e-mail box, which I did & read through your 16 verse quotes, which truely have given me of return to normal person.
    Thanks very much,
    Mike Agu.

    • Dan & Michael, thank you for sharing. It just shows the power of scripture. As you know, many of the articles on the site are long in nature while this one is more scripture and this just reminds me how powerful just the Word of God is!

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