Sometimes we know exactly what the Lord would have us do – but there are many other times when we are unsure. Rather than immediately plunging into a course of action, it is usually best, when time permits, to pray and ponder the options. See also these posts: The power of prayerful pondering and Three important principles for making radical decisions.
This is a prayer to help us bring our uncertainty to the Lord.
On this new day, Lord, I ask that You will both lead and speak, and that beyond the clamour of my prejudices, the pressures of haste and the impatience of my own desires, I will be open to discern the accents of Your leading.
Whether You come in familiar or in unfamiliar ways, may I not miss the signs and nudges You direct my way but hear Your voice and perceive what You are showing me. Lord, You are so familiar with all my ways. Lead me beyond the tossing and the pondering of my anxious thoughts into the promptings of Your heart, especially when my head and my heart are at odds with each other, and are veering in quite opposite directions.
As I lay out possibilities before You, Lord Jesus, let my heart reflect Your own clear-thinking and deep compassion, rather than running away with its own inflamed passions, hypothetical conversations, enlarged fears and elaborate illusions. Direct me in Your ways so that Your peace might rule in my heart, and my choices be well pleasing to You. (Col. 3:15).
Help me to love You with all my mind, so that it can become an expanding vessel for revelation. Bring to my attention facets to ponder, and inspire and strengthen me in the choices that I make today and every day. Keep me from allowing my over active mind to reason genuine spiritual perspectives away.
Draw out parallels and pointers to explain what is going on from the storehouse of wisdom, experience that You have entrusted to me through the years, godly instances from my own or other people’s experience to reassure or warn.
Let me not mistake good or easy times with the authentic leading of Your Holy Spirit, but instead be quick to recognise when You are allowing an inner restlessness as a warning against embarking on some particular course of action, or to keep me from being drawn aside after some seemingly easier road that You have not chosen for me.
Let me hold fast to the course that You are setting me on. Warn me when I am in danger of being shaken out of it by the wounding fiery darts the Accuser of the Brethren directs the way of all who seek to follow You and align their hearts with Yours. For those who are truly righteous hold to their way, and grow ever stronger in both discernment and fruitfulness because their hands are clean. (Job 17:9)
Thank You that every day You promise to instruct and teach me in the way that I should go, and to counsel me with Your eye upon me. Thank You that You afford each one of us the opportunity to seek Your face – for then it is that we see Your mercy and discern Your leading more clearly concerning the things that happen to and around us. And so I pray:
Search me, God, and know my heart;
test me and know my anxious thoughts.
See if there is any offensive way in me,
and lead me in the way everlasting –
for I delight to follow where You lead and to heed Your instructions to the full.
(See Ps. 139:23-24, Ps. 119:70; 40:8)
Along the lines of this prayer, enjoy this powerful song that Linda Entwistle wrote when she was still a teenager.