10 Prayers for Finding Your Purpose

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Sometimes we can be so busy with our lives that we forget the more meaningful purpose behind it all. God has shaped and prepared us to play a unique role in each step of our story. The reason we are here on this earth is for so much more than “living our best life.” God wants us to partner with Him in helping advance His Kingdom in heaven here on earth.

Whether you are in full-time ministry or working in a retail store; studying for your doctorate, or caring for your children at home—God has a purpose behind whatever season you are in. We can certainly choose to coast in life with no real purpose. Perhaps we choose to make decisions for our future, confiding in nothing but our own human knowledge. Thankfully, we are also given the option to choose to step into God’s calling and unique purpose for us as we become partners with the Author of this story of life.

Ephesians 2:10 says “For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.” Understanding your unique calling starts with understanding what the Bible says as one of God’s people. It’s important to know and live out the following verses as we pray them over our lives and purpose.

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    1. Pray for Vision and Instruction


    “Where there is no vision, the people run wild, but blessed is he who follows divine instruction.” (Proverbs 29:18)

    Dear God,

    We pray that you would remind us that that we are all a part of building and expanding your Kingdom. We ask that you give us a fresh vision for your purpose for our lives. We ask that you open our eyes, our ears, our hearts, and our minds to your vision so that we can live out our purpose. Remove anything from our lives that hinders us from discerning your vision. We pray that you would draw us closer to you as you bring us revelation to our purpose. Please reveal to us what we need to do today to not run wild, but rather be focused on your divine vision.

    In Jesus’ Name,

    Amen.

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    2. Pray for Confidence in the Revealed Purpose


    “For I know the plans I have for you declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” (Jeremiah 29:11)

    Dear God,

    Thank you that even if what we see in front of us doesn’t feel good or look good, your plans are good. That even if harm comes our way, you’ll use it for good. Thank you for the hope we can find in you. We trust that you have our future planned out from the very beginning. Allow us to rest in you and rest in your master plan. Give us the confidence that you have nothing but good planned for us. Remind us that even though we don’t know the full plan, that you know the plan. May we lean into you.

    In Jesus’ Name,

    Amen.

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    3. Pray for Direction


    “There are many plans in a man’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that will prevail.” (Proverbs 19:21)

    Dear God,

    We thank you that even though we have our own idea of how our life should look, often setting out according to our plans, that your ultimate purpose prevails. We ask that you prompt us when we set out to make plans that we make them according to your will, and not our own. We ask that you remind us to come alongside you as we surrender every detail to fulfill your greater purpose. Please align our hearts with yours, our ideas with yours, and our will with yours. For your ways are higher than ours and your plans are greater than ours, and nothing is impossible with you. Lead us every step of the way.

    In Jesus’ Name,

    Amen.

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    4. Pray for Wisdom


    “If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him.” (James 1:5)

    Dear God,

    As we begin to take steps in the direction of our purpose, we ask that you give us wisdom. We ask in faith, that as your Word promises us, that you will give us wisdom in every small and large decision as we step into our purpose. We thank you that we don’t have to rely on our own understanding, as we know that your wisdom will guide us to our exact purpose. Thank you that we can come to the throne and ask anything. We ask for your guidance, and we thank you for the gift and power of the Holy Spirit.

    In Jesus’ name,

    Amen.

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    5. Pray for Unshakeable Faith


    “The one who calls you is faithful, and he will do it.” (I Thessalonians 5:24)

    Dear God,

    Thank you for being a faithful God. Thank you that although we live in a world where our circumstances at times are shaky, that we serve an unshakeable God. Lord, we ask for this type of faith. Thank you for giving us examples in the Bible of those who found their purpose in you, and every time, without a doubt, you were faithful. Thank you that if you have called us to it, then you will equip us for it. We ask that you remind us of your faithfulness when doubt creeps in. We ask that you allow your promises to overwhelm us when our purpose seems to big. For you are bigger than anything in front of us. Thank you that we can trust in you and your faithfulness never fails us.

    In Jesus’ name,

    Amen.

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    6. Pray for Strength and Encouragement


    “And let us not grow weary in doing good, for in due season we will reap a harvest, if we do not give up.” (Galatians 6:9)

    Dear God,

    We thank you that when we are weak, you are strong. Please give us your strength when we get tired in fulfilling our purpose. Empower us by your Spirit with energy to keep sowing and planting seeds of righteousness. Remind us that even if we don’t see the fruit of our seeds, that they are growing with you as the Gardener. Give us the strength and encouragement that when the road looks different than we expected that we are exactly where we are supposed to be. Thank you for promising to strengthen the weary, giving us hope for our everyday.

    In Jesus’ Name,

    Amen.

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    7. Pray for Courage to Overcome Fears


    “…be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” (Joshua 1:9)

    Dear God,

    Stepping into our purpose can be fearful, as it’s unknown and unfamiliar. Thank you that we do not have to be afraid of the purpose you have called us to. Thank you for being the greatest and most powerful leader. Thank you that no matter what you have called us to, that you will never leave us. That no matter the task ahead of us, you are right there beside us. We ask that you give us courage to take courageous steps even if we don’t know the outcome. We pray that you would equip us with boldness, reminding us that we have nothing to fear with you as our fearless leader.

    In Jesus’ Name,

    Amen.

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    8. Pray for Peace over Your Purpose


    “Don’t be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus…the God of Peace will be with you.” (Philippians 4:6-7,9)

    Dear God,

    We pray for your peace and covering over every decision we make this day towards our purpose. Remind us that any confusion is not from you. Lord, we ask that when anxiety or worry start to rise, that you would prompt us to pray and speak directly to you. Thank you that even when we don’t understand what our eyes see, your purpose is unfolding, you are working, and you are in control. Thank you for promising us your comfort and peace.

    In Jesus’ Name,

    Amen.

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    9. Pray for Trust in God


    “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding, in all your ways acknowledge him and He will direct your paths.” (Proverbs 3:5-6)

    Dear God,

    Thank you that you are trustworthy. Please give us the ability to trust you more in every circumstance. Lord, we ask that as we take obedient steps toward our purpose, that you remind us that we can trust in you because of who you are. We ask that we lean on your understanding, not others, and not our own. Keep us close to you and prompt us to acknowledge you continually throughout our days. Thank you for leaving us with the Word, a lamp unto our feet, and that your Word is trustworthy, directing our path into our purpose.

    In Jesus’ Name,

    Amen.

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    10. Pray for Favor and Blessing


    “The Lord bless you and keep you, the Lord make his face shine on you and be gracious to you, the Lord lift up his countenance on you and give you peace.” (Numbers 6:24-26)

    Dear God,

    We know that we cannot accomplish our purpose without the favor and blessing of you. We ask for your blessing and favor today over our purpose. Please allow your face to shine through as we live out our calling. We ask that our hearts stay in a constant place of giving your glory in everything we do. We know that every gift and blessing come straight from your hand. Remind us today that no matter our past, no matter our weaknesses, that you will use it all for your glory and for your purpose. We thank you Lord that you are working powerfully on our behalf as we surrender our ways to you. May each step we take in our purpose flourish and prosper in every way. Thank you for choosing us to partner with you.

    In Jesus’ Name,

    Amen.

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    Alisha Headley is a writer + speaker who has a desire to meet the everyday woman in her everyday life with biblical truth. Stepping into her true calling, she left the corporate world behind as a former-financial VP to love on her family as a stay-at-home wifey + dog mama, while also being able to pursue her passion as a writer. Healing from a chapter of life consumed with lies she once believed about herself, she is inspired to point women to Christ to experience the freedom + power to overcome those lies with the truth written in God’s word. In her free time, Alisha enjoys road trips around the country, working out so she can eat her favorite foods, and creatively styling her outfits with a craft for fashion.

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