Decisions. How many times have you said “Yes!” to something or someone and later wondered, “What was I thinking? Why did I do that?” Was it peer pressure? Or to please others? Maybe to be seen with a special group? Were you afraid to say, “Let me check with my parents” or “I’ll let you know tomorrow”? Did you not have the nerve to say “No”?
We’ve all been there and done that. But God comes to our rescue with examples of how others in the Bible made decisions—the right way and for the right reasons!
- King Solomon prayed for wisdom … and rose up from prayer to become the wisest man who ever lived (1 Kings 3:5-12).
- Nehemiah spent time praying “before the God of heaven” after hearing some very bad news … and rose up knowing exactly what action to take (Nehemiah 1:4-11).
- Queen Esther fasted three days and nights to prepare to follow God’s will in a life-threatening situation (Esther 4:16) … and rose up to do the right thing and boldly made her request to the king.
- The Lord Jesus sought His Father’s direction as He prayed all night … and rose up and chose the twelve disciples (Luke 6:12-13).
Why not make a new prayer commitment? “From now on, No decision made without prayer!” This prayer principle will guide your life and help you find God’s will for every decision you must make. Prepare yourself each day—and before each decision—so that you, too, rise up and do what’s right and what’s wise.
In A Young Woman’s Guide to Making Right Choices, Elizabeth takes teens through the step–by–step process of making decisions that are life–affirming, godly, and wise. Learn more here.