Fasting Day 3: Planning Our Lives With God – Prayer for Divine Direction.

Prophetic Declaration for the Year:

 “I have victory over everything that strove with me in the past, for God has given me room to flourish in the land.

“Therefore this is My Year of REHOBOTH”

Today’s Reading:

“There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way of death.” – Proverbs 14:12.


REFLECTION:

If there is a time we need direction from God in our daily lives, it is now. The world is increasingly becoming a dangerous place to live. Many sound plans and seemingly bullet-proof ideas and recommendations are failing and people are getting more and more confused.

The scripture clearly says in Romans 9:16 that “it is not of him that willeth, nor of him that runneth, but of God that sheweth mercy.” “The race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, neither yet bread to the wise, nor yet riches to men of understanding, nor yet favour to men of skill.”

Without divine direction we’ll make lots and lots of mistakes in life and fall into many pits of the devil. No matter how great our ideas look, it is only God’s plans that are guaranteed of coming to pass against the odds. So, today, present your plans, business ideas, New Year goals, things you are thinking of doing about your career, etc before the LORD.

As we present them to the LORD, we’ll ask Him to take over these plans and direct us on the right path. He might lead us to cancel out some plans or show us some missing parts of the plan or the fastest ways to go about our plans. Whatever He leads us to do, we must be willing to obey. When we have some disappointments, we must remember that we committed all to the LORD and believe that He is on course with us

Decisions regarding …where to live, where to work, who to marry, who to employ, what course and subjects to study, what to invest in, and many more, need to be taken after prayers of surrender to the LORD and praying for His will to be done.

Fortunately, our heavenly Father knows we’ll face these points in our lives, and He has assured that He will guide us to make the right decisions. He says in James 1:5, “If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.”

So today, we’re going to go before God and remind Him that we need His direction in every aspect of our lives this year. We’re going to ask God to forgive all our hasty decisions of the past and plead for divine restoration regarding any consequence being executed in our lives and families right now as result of neglecting God’s direction for our lives.


SCRIPTURES FOR MEDITATION

John 10:27 – My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me.

Psalm 25:12: Who, then, are those who fear the Lord? He will instruct them in the ways they should choose.

Psalm 23:1-6: The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing. 2     He makes me lie down in green pastures; he leads me beside quiet waters,

Proverbs 3: 5-6 – Lean on, trust in, and be confident in the Lord with all your heart and mind and do not rely on your own insight or understanding.

In all your ways know, recognize, and acknowledge Him, and He will direct and make straight and plain your paths (AB).



PRAYERS FOR DIVINE DIRECTION.

1.  Father LORD, I thank THEE for You are my Shepherd. You will guide me in the right paths for Your name’s sake. You will instruct me in the ways that I should choose.

You will guide me always; and will satisfy my needs even in difficult times and hard places; and will strengthen my innermost being.

You will make me like a well-watered garden, like a spring whose waters never fail. (Isaiah 58:11).

I honor and praise THEE for Your will is to guide me and give me direction at all times, in Jesus name.


2. I therefore pray this day O LORD; I ask that You forgive me in every way I have tried to run my life without acknowledging YOU.

Forgive me for all the wrong decisions I have taken in the past without allowing You to make any input.

How often have I made choices out of my own ways; hence have suffered severe consequences and even failed and got trapped on occasions.

Today, LORD, I surrender to THEE and declare that henceforth, YOU be the pilot of my affairs and lead me in the paths ordained for me in YOUR will.

Whatever I have suffered in my family, life, business and career, or lost, as a result of taking decisions that were not of You in the past, please LORD, I ask You to restore them to me hundredfold, in Jesus name.


3.  Henceforth O LORD, I confess that I am not able to provide sound direction for my life in this confused world.

I therefore remind THEE that I will always need THEE every day of my life in taking decisions in my family, place of work, ministry, business and in fact, all aspects of my life.

I ask, LORD, that the Holy Spirit will always remind me to acknowledge You at all times and provide me with guidance and direction when I need it, in Jesus name.

Even now, O LORD, I lean on THEE and thy promises for my life and therefore bring up these entire plans I have for my life, family, career, business and ministry before THEE.

LORD, look at all that I am planning to do, and thinking to carry out. Here they are:

(Tell the LORD your plans)

Now O LORD, I pray, how do I go about all these?

You said that Your sheep hear your voice in John 10:27.

So LORD, right now, speak to me and guide me in taking the right decisions that will bring Glory to Your name and safety to your people, in Jesus name.


4. “LORD, I trust THEE according to Proverbs 3:5-6 and hereby lean not unto my own understanding.  I acknowledge YOU in all these plans O LORD, and ask according to THY Word, direct my paths, in Jesus name. (Proverbs 3:5-6)


5.  LORD You said in James 1:5 that if any lack wisdom, let him ask and You will give Him.

Lord, I confess that I lack wisdom make the best out of my life and achieve these plans I have tabled before THEE.

I confess that I don’t know the right decision to take without Your help.

I confess that I lack the capacity to lead myself to the right place in this career, business, relationship and others.

O LORD, please lead me and give me wisdom to decide rightly, in Jesus name.


6.  “O LORD, You said in 1 John 5:14 “this is the confidence that we have in YOU, that, if we ask any thing according to YOUR will, that YOU hear us.

“You also said in Isaiah 30:21 that my ears shall hear a word behind me, saying, This is the way, walk ye in it, when I turn to the right hand, and when I turn to the left.

“According to Your Word, LORD, my desire for Your guidance and direction is according to Your will.

So I ask You now to Speak to me and bring to my knowledge the way that I should walk in this matter, in Jesus name.


7.  “Holy Spirit, please teach me even now and at all times. I put my trust in You and believe that You will help me navigate through this moment and all glory will be to the LORD Jesus Christ, in Jesus name.”

“Thank You Heavenly Father,

Thank You LORD Jesus.

Thank You Holy Spirit.

As I lay me down right now in quietness, let me receive Your instruction, ideas, insights, visions and strategies to follow regarding all these and more that You plan for my life, in Jesus name.


8. I believe that You will answer and show me great and mighty things which I do not know, for I have called unto THEE according to Jeremiah 33:3; and  I take solace in Your Word, in Jesus name.

Amen.


ACTION:

Spend bulk of your time and prayer today to meditate over your goals and plans this year and continue to surrender all to the LORD. If God lays anything in your heart, write it down. But even if He doesn’t speak to you immediately, surely, He is in control and will speak to you as you continue to remind Him of Your dependence on Him daily.

Daniel C. Okpara is the author of numerous best-selling books, including, What Do You Have in Your House?, Parable of the Serpent, Pillars of Excellence in Life and Business, Take it By Force, Prayer Wave, and Many others. He is the founder of Better Life World Outreach Center, a non-denominational ministry dedicated to global evangelism and equipping of God's people to live a better life. He is also the founder of Breakthrough Prayers Foundation www.breakthroughprayers.org), an online portal leading people all over the world to encounter God and change their lives through prayer. He has authored over 50 books on business, prayer, relationship, and investment.

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