If “the prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective” (James 5:16), then it’s important we pray at all times, in every situation, and with all trust in the Lord to hear and respond as we seek to pray according to His will. How can prayer not envelope the decision-making process? Wouldn’t it be foolish not to pray?
Envelope the Decision-Making Process with Prayer as It’s Foolish Not to Pray
1) We need to pray for wisdom so that God’s will be done, not relying on our own understanding to make the right choices. Failing to turn to the Lord seems absurd when you remember that “his understanding has no limit” (Ps. 147:5). If “He founded the world by his wisdom” (Jer. 51:15), certainly He’s capable of guiding our steps. We’d be foolish not to seek after Him and His ways.
This, then, is how you should pray: “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.” (Matt. 6:9-10)
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. (James 1:5)
This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. (1 Jn. 5:14)
2) We should pray for decisions of any nature, not just for the big issues or when something’s wrong. The “little” things can be just as distracting. With His promise of peace and protection in place of anxiety and fear, certainly He’s able to see us through the good and the bad. We’d be foolish not to take everything to Him.
Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, 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. (Phil. 4:6-7)
Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. (1 Pet. 5:7)
Is anyone among you in trouble? Let them pray. Is anyone happy? Let them sing songs of praise. (James 5:13)
3) We ought to pray at all times and keep praying, not just sometimes when we feel like it or when it’s convenient. Does a single moment go by without our need for God’s intervention and sustenance? Certainly God’s wisdom, grace, and power are needed for every phase or stage of the decision-making process. We’d be foolish to think we can make it without Him. As Jesus said, apart from Him, we can do nothing (Jn. 15:5).
Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. (1 Thess. 5:16-18)
should always pray and not give up. (Lk. 18:1)
And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people. (Eph. 6:18)
We’ve noted how it’s foolish not to pray and to envelope the entire decision-making process with prayer. As church leaders, why settle for anything less than God’s best? Why needlessly worry and fret? Why spin our wheels striving to figure things out on our own when prayer is so powerful and effective?