Prayer for Wisdom and Guidance: 10 Ways to Pray

Do you need wisdom? Do you need guidance? I know I do, especially when I’m figuring out what direction I should make on an important decision. A prayer for wisdom and guidance from God might yield some additional knowledge to help you make an informed decision.

Many times God has given me “inside information” or revealed something I haven’t seen before. For instance, for years I’ve done a extensive google research on how my daughter could become a certified dog trainer. Immediately, after praying the wisdom and guidance prayer, the perfect dog training college appeared on my computer screen. I couldn’t believe it, why had this place never come up before?

Here’s the thing, God want’s to be included in our plans. I find a heartfelt prayer for wisdom and guidance opens me up to being more receptive toward God’s direction.

Of course, I want God’s wisdom and will over my life and I’m sure you do too. But where do you start?

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How Do You Pray For Wisdom?

ASK! If we lack wisdom, ask God, who given generously without finding fault. James 1:5 With God there is truly never a stupid question!

Remember, there are many ways to pray for wisdom, but there is no one way that will work best for everyone. Prayer can take the form of a spoken conversation with God or as silence and stillness before Him.

Whether a personal decision, relationship, or purchasing a tiny home, we need to seek God’s wisdom in every decision.

The most important thing you can do today for your future self is learn how to pray for wisdom. Below is a example of a simple prayer for wisdom and guidance.

Prayer For Wisdom And Guidance

Lord in Jesus name your word says I can ask for wisdom therefore I am asking for Your wisdom about ___________(your specific situation). Thank You for downloading your wisdom into these circumstances. I need your help. Amen

This prayer takes humility and faith to say this aloud but God will answer our prayers for wisdom if we ask in faith.

Download instant free printable pdf prayer for wisdom and guidance calendar.

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Prayer For Guidance and Strength

Lord, in Jesus name I am asking for your guidance on what are the best decisions or actions that will lead to Your peace. Help me see how my desires may be leading me astray from this. Teach me and instruct me the way I should go. Give me the strength necessary to maintain whatever decision or action you have called on me to follow.

“I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will guide you with My eye.” Psalm 32:8 NKJV

Prayer for Wisdom and Understanding

Lord, Your word says I can ask for wisdom, therefore I am asking You for Your wisdom about this situation. Help me see the difference between worldly knowledge, which is full of pride, self-centeredness, harsh words, and a desire to be right. Which differs from Your wisdom from above of full of mercy, good fruits, impartial, sincere. Help me apply understanding to Your wisdom, so I can see tangible results. Lord, thank You for filling me with Your wisdom, understanding, and knowledge in everything that I ask for. In the name of Jesus. Amen.

“For the LORD gives wisdom; from His mouth come knowledge and understanding.” Pro. 2:6

Prayer for Wisdom and Discernment

Lord I ask to have the eyes of Christ, having perfect spiritual vision so that I can see things as God sees them. Every day, I need Your help in being able to discern between good and evil. Fill my mind with Your wisdom to navigate through this world, surround me with good righteous people and steer me away from any wickedness. 

You can add this, for a specific instance Lord I ask for your wisdom in this situation________. I need Your help in order to discern all there is about a situation or person. Lord show me clearly what to do.

“Sincerity and truth are what you require; fill my mind with your wisdom.” Psalm 51:6 GNT

Prayer For Wisdom and Guidance in Decision Making

Dear God, Show me the path that leads to Your will in my life Please guide me to what wisdom and knowledge I need. Help me to decide with confidence that what I hear is really from You and not of myself or from the enemy. Give me strength to move forward or to stay still. Help me make the best decision that will bring glory to you, Lord.

“Your ears will hear a word behind you, saying, “This is the way, walk in it,” whenever you turn to the right or to the left.” Isa. 30:21NKJV

If you don’t feel like you can hear from God, you probably are and don’t even know it.

Prayer for Wisdom and Guidance in Relationships

Lord, give me wisdom when to speak and stay silent. Guide me on the right words to say, so my interactions will honor Christ and bring His grace into their lives.

God, give me wisdom to know how I should respond when people don’t treat me with respect.

Lord, give me the wisdom to know when I should love someone who is unloving towards me. Guide my steps so that I may walk in your peace and not be filled with resentment or anger.

Give me strength to put up with those people who are difficult for no good reason. God, I give you permission for you to love them through me when all I want to do is turn away.

Give me wisdom to know when and how to set boundaries with people in my life.

Heavenly Father, please guide me, as I seek your council on what is best for this person’s well-being and how to pray for this person.

“Through [skillful and godly] wisdom a house [a life, a home, a family] is built, And by understanding it is established [on a sound and good foundation],”

Dealing with Difficult Relationships

Lord, I pray for wisdom and discernment for difficult relationships. Help me know how to reconcile differences, forgive others, and also receive forgiveness from those who have wronged me. And give me wisdom what is the next step in this relationship.

“Don’t turn your back on wisdom, for she will protect you. Love her, and she will guard you.” Pro 4:6 NLT.

Prayer for Wisdom and Guidance while reading the Bible

Lord, in Jesus’ name, help me read and understand the Bible with greater clarity and understanding, I pray, as I read Your word, that the Father of Glory gives me the spirit of wisdom and revelation, so I truly get to know You better through Your Word. Help me meditate, apply the Word to my life so I can prosper, and have success at whatever I put my hand to. Amen.

“Get wisdom, get understanding; do not forget my words or turn away from them.” Proverbs 4:5

Prayer for Daily Wisdom and Guidance

Father, in Jesus’ name, bless my day with wisdom and insight. Help me make decisions that will lead to goodness and blessings for myself, my family. Guide me to know, do and say what is right.

“My son, if your heart is wise, My heart will rejoice.” Proverbs 23:15

How Do I ask God for advice?

  • Ask! For God’s advice, He loves to help us!
  • Read the Book of Proverbs, it’s even referred to as the book of wisdom. Or open the Bible, you might turn to the passage you need.
  • Reflect on the situation.
  • Break down the issue into smaller part by writing it down.
  • Take a power walk or play worship music. God might download some wisdom when you’re relaxed.
  • Ask God a question before you go to bed, you just might dream about a solution.

“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened to you.” Mathew 7:7


Final Point: I’ve learned it’s best to wait three days before making any changes. Usually, by that time I will receive an answer from God. So, keep asking God until you receive an answer. I hope you will use one of prayers provided or craft your own or heart filled prayer for wisdom and guidance. Download instant free printable pdf prayer for wisdom and guidance calendar.

“Seek His will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take. Don’t be impressed with your own wisdom. Instead, fear the LORD and turn away from evil.” Proverbs 3:6-7 NLT

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