Forgetting Step 1: Prayer

I walked into my college internship ready to lead my first meeting. Armed with a stack of papers and my red pen, I was eager to present my project to the staff. But before I could tackle my agenda, my supervisor asked if she could pray for the meeting. “Lord,” she prayed, “We want You to work through this project. Please guide our decisions because we need Your wisdom.”

Wow. I realized that praying for God’s guidance in this project was not even on my radar! I had become so caught up in my planning that I completely forgot to invite God into the picture. Did I want God to work through this project? Absolutely. Did I stop to ask Him for guidance? No.

It’s easy to ask God to help us with life’s big issues, like choosing where to go to college or deciding on a major. However, we often forget to ask God for leadership in decisions that we make every day. I wanted to do God’s will through the project, but I failed to seek His counsel in the first place.

God wants to influence all areas in our lives, including those that may seem trivial. We constantly face random questions, such as, “Should I volunteer for this missions project? Is it time to buy a new laptop? How can I get along better with my roommate?” Even when topics seem unimportant, God wants us to ask Him to lead our lives.

James 1:5 says, “If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you” (NIV). God is ready and waiting to pour His wisdom into believers. No matter what you face in the present moment, He wants us to seek Him first!

Rachel Sinclair writes from Birmingham, Alabama, and loves to share people’s stories. Contact her at

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