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Prayer To God When You Feel Lost

You may feel lost in making decisions, not knowing where to attend college, who to marry, or how to navigate being a new parent. Perhaps you feel lost in the uncertainty of when the coronavirus will end. Or perhaps you feel directionless trying to homeschool your children for the first time. It could be that you lost your job recently, and you have no idea what the future looks like. Perhaps your husband decided to leave or was taken from you, and now life as you once knew it is completely unknown.

In Jesus’ name, Amen. God of love – I feel like I am lost but your word says that you will always guide me. You do not leave me wandering through life but you are with me during every moment of every day. Help me to follow your ways when I feel weary and frustrated and help me to experience joy in life.

Wouldn’t it be nice to have our lives laid out before us with a clear roadmap, detailing every turn we should take? But that’s not reality, is it? Real life is more often marked by seasons of feeling lost in the unknown.

Prayers For When You Feel Like Giving Up

It’s important for us to remember that when we feel lost, God knows exactly what He’s doing. He’s right on course, even though our course feels like a detour. For He knows all, sees all, and is totally and completely sovereign over all (Hebrews 4:13).

We must remember that God did not leave us empty handed. The most valuable thing you can have to guide you, navigate you, and even encourage you when you feel lost is the word of God. Psalm 119:105 says “Your word is a lamp unto my feet.” The Lord left us with the Bible as the guide that lights our path, leading us and helping us navigate each and every one of our steps.

  1. Pray for Courage to Keep Going When You Feel Lost
    “Be strong and of good courage, do no fear nor be afraid of them; for the LORD your God, He is the One who goes with you. He will not leave you nor forsake you.” (Deuteronomy 31:6)

Dear God,

Thank you for your beautiful promise that you are with us no matter what we face. And that no matter what we face, you will never leave our side. Lord, we ask that in the moments we feel lost in a world of unknowns, that you would give us courage to be strong and to be encouraged as we are not walking in this alone. It takes courage to continue walking when everything around us makes us feel lost. We ask that you remind us of the courage you have given us to overcome any fear of the unknown. We ask that you guide us back to your Word full of promises like this verse. We trust you at your Word.

Praying helps me center my thoughts on what’s most important. Praying gives us a divine perspective on life and is therefore crucial. A member of my youth group passed away suddenly. Finding effective ways to love and minister to our wounded students has been challenging. The power of prayer has sustained me through this difficult period. It has helped me communicate with God, hear His voice, and experience His presence while I grieve alongside my church and community.

Be worried about nothing, but in everything, through prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. (NKJV).

Praying puts us in a position to experience God’s peace, which is beyond our comprehension. Prayer keeps my mind on the things that are dear to God, both in the happy times and the bad.

In Jesus’ Name,


  1. Pray for Wisdom to Navigate through the Unknown
    “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 step out in courage, we ask that you give us wisdom. Thank you that we can come to you in faith, asking for wisdom in the unknown areas of our lives, where we feel lost and confused. Lost on what steps to take next and lost on making sense of it all. We thank you that we don’t have to rely on our own understanding, as we know that your wisdom will guide us giving us direction that we can’t find anywhere else. Thank you that your thoughts are higher than our thoughts and your ways are higher than ours. Please give us this wisdom needed to navigate through the unknown.

In Jesus’ Name,


  1. Pray for Our Eyes to Be Open
    “And Elisha prayed, and said, “Lord, I pray, open his eyes that he may see.” Then the Lord opened the eyes of the young man, and he saw.” And behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire around Elisha.” (2 Kings 6: 16-17)

Dear God,

Just as Elisha prayed for the servant’s eyes to be open, and see that he was protected by you, we ask that you would open our eyes. Open our eyes to see things anew. To see things from your perspective. Thank you, Lord, that through asking, you can allow us to see things through your filter, and not our circumstances. Through your eyes and not our own. We love you and thank you that you have a plan around everything. That what seems unknown to us is far from unknown to you.

In Jesus’ Name,


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  1. Pray for Less Worry and More Peace
    “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:4-7)

Prayer For The Lost And Confused

Dear God,

We thank you so much that you offer us peace in times of little to no peace. Thank you that when we feel lost and anxious, we can come to you in prayer. Thank you for teaching us through this verse, that it involves thanksgiving. Lord, please remind us in moments of worry, to pray to you with all the things we are thankful for, and as we begin to do that, replace the worry with your peace. A peace that surpasses the unknowns of the future. Thank you that you promise to guard our hearts and minds. We thank you and ask for your peace to overtake us today.

In Jesus’ Name,


  1. Pray to Fix Your Focus
    “…when Peter had come down out of the boat, he walked on the water to go to Jesus. But when he saw that the wind was boisterous, he was afraid; and began to sink…” (Matthew 14:29-30)

Dear God,

Just as Peter took his eyes off of Jesus, and focused on the wind around him, we are guilty of doing the same. Forgive us Lord for taking our eyes off of you, and instead putting our focus on the unknowns around us. It is in those moments we begin to sink and feel so lost. Father, please remind us in moments like these, to fix our focus on you and you alone. The world is full of boisterous storms, but fixing our eyes on you, we can be guided through them all. May we stay ever close to you and rest in the assurance that you are guiding us one step out on the water at a time. Thank you for your provision. We love you.

In Jesus Name,


Prayer For Feeling Overwhelmed

Dear God,
I’m spiraling. I’m floating. I’m spinning. I’m losing sight of you and your love in my life. I keep trying to stay focused on the person I’m supposed to be, the person you’ve created me to be, but right now I just feel so lost.

I need your help.

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I don’t know when this all began—the feeling of separation from you, the fear, the exhaustion, the struggle to just get out of bed in the morning, the hopelessness when it comes to my purpose, my place in the universe. I used to be so put together. I used to get up and feel like I was on top of the world. I used to exude confidence, self-assurance, security because I knew I was on the right track.

I used to feel your presence in my every movement; I was so determined, maybe even a little prideful because I felt like I was doing all I was supposed to be doing.

And now I’m just sitting here, staring out the window, wondering how to conjure up those feelings again, wondering if I’m too far gone for you to bring me back to you.

But that’s silly isn’t it? Silly for me to doubt in the moment I need you the most. Silly to think that for a second you’d abandon me, even though my existence is so small in the big scheme of things. Because you haven’t. Because you won’t.

You’ve been here for me, countless times before. Every moment I questioned your presence, you brought something into my life that showed me I was never alone. Every second I found myself slipping, you put your arms around me and pulled me back into your grace.

So why is it that now I’m doubting again?

God, I need a reminder of who I am and where I’m going. I need a reminder of who you are and have always been. I need a reminder of the powerful, loving Savior I serve and the incredible things He’s forever doing in the lives of those who follow Him.
I know I’m being foolish, letting my human insecurities and fears cloud my mind. I know I’m being foolish, thinking that I’m so far away from your light I won’t be able to find my way back. I know I’m being foolish, thinking that you don’t love me or that I’m lost and will never be found.

It’s just so hard when the rest of the world keeps spinning—no matter what I try to do, I always feel three steps behind.

But you remind me that what the rest of the world is doing is not of my concern. I don’t need to measure up, to fit, to be ‘on track’ by human standards; I need to be right where you want me to be. I am right where you want me to be. And I need to trust that you’re in control, leading me through this season of doubt.

I need to trust that you are my God, and no matter what I’m feeling on the inside, no matter what’s happening around me, no matter how hopeless or lost I feel, you’re here with me. And you’re not going anywhere.

So please calm my heart. Give me deep breaths and clear thoughts. When I start to worry, remind me of your word. When I start to question, show me answers and the will to keep moving, even if I feel at a standstill.

Bring me light when I’m in darkness and a path to follow when I feel like I’m wandering in circles. When doors close in front of me, give me new ones to open. When people walk away, give me courage to seek out relationships that both build me, and honor you.

When I don’t know who I am anymore, tell me that I am yours.
And in this crazy world, that’s all I want to be.
Please remind me, each time that I forget.


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