Daily Prayer for prerequisites required for Effective Decision-Making

1. Surrender to doing God’s will as known from His Bible and without focusing on personal comfort, happiness, materialism, fulfillment, etc.

a. 1 Thessalonians 4:3a God’s will is for you to be holy, NLT

b.  Ephesians 6:6b-7.. 6bdoing the will of God 7doing service, as to the Lord, and not to men, NKJV  Also  Psalm 40:8, 1 Peter 2:15, 4:2, James 4:15;    Romans 12:2 HCSB

2. Develop a long-term “Life Vision or Purpose” that will be used as a guide in decision making or plans for the future.

My Current Life Vision [as of 9/2018]: By the grace of God do all B to the glory of God  C, and “O God, do not forsake me, Until I declare Your strength to this generation, Your power to all who are to come.” D  Notes: B- “all” means everything in my life with family, work, play, pleasure, worship, church, etc.;  C- 1 Corinthians 10:31; D- Psalms 71:18,  My Timothy’s “this generation”, Future generations of Disciple-makers by my Timothy’s “all who are to come”

3. Depend on wisdom from God for guidance from the Bible, the Holy Spirit, and mind of Christ:

a. Psalms 119:105 Your word is a lamp to my feet a And a light to my path b[a= short-term direction, b= long-term guidance]

b1 Corinthians 2:12,16.. 12 Now we have received…the Spirit who is from God, that we might know the things that have been freely given to us by God. 16 …But we have the mind of Christ. [For example, click here.]

Be filled by the Spirit all the time.  The indwelling Spirit can fill the Disciple with this content; teaching me the Word in an understanding way to know more and more of the love and glory of Jesus, B  guidance, C bringing Jesus glory by telling me whatever He receives from Jesus, D the fruit of the Spirit “love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control”,  strength, G “the Spirit also helps us in our weakness, because we do not know what to pray for as we should, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with unspoken groanings,” and conviction of sin. and the Spirit who is from God, that we might know the things that have been freely given to us by GodII 

 Notes for Be filled by the Spirit: B– John 14:26; C– John 16:13 D- John 16:14; E– not used; F- Galatians 5:22-23b; G- Ephesians 3:16; H- Romans 8:26; I- John 16:13b “He will guide you into all truth” I believe this includes convicting the believer of the truth of their sin. II–  1 Corinthians 2:12.

4. Use the Sound Mind Principle with the continuous prayer for guidance:

2 Timothy 1:7 For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. [NKJV]1 Thessalonians 5:17 pray without ceasing;

5. Replace anger and fear with faith by thanking God in all circumstances:

1 Thessalonians 5:16,18.. 16Rejoice always; 18in everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. Also Philippians 4:4-7, Habakkuk 3:17-19, Psalm 37:1-9,23-24,39

 Father help me for I cannot live like this without your love, power, and strength. Help me to live Jesus-centered.

6. Decision-making based on prerequisites 1-5.

Every morning pray to receive guidance from the Holy Spirit needed for instantaneous decisions during the day. Especially when I am provoked! Unless required by the need for an instantaneous decision, [1] problem-solving in a-c should allow for at least 2 days for spiritual guidance and input from all involved or impacted and [2] be disciplined by keeping careful notes of the entire process.

a. Problem Solving. Be thankful in the moment of trouble. Recognize the difference between a fact A & a problem. Define the problem. Develop alternative solutions. Select the best solution. Implement that solution. Then continuingly Review progress, Revise action steps if appropriate and Refocus energy.

b. A decision between alternatives. Develop criteria for assessment. Rate each alternative for each criterion. This may include research, consultations with others and careful thought. Total the ratings for each alternative. These totals should help in finalizing your decision between alternatives.

c. A yes or no answer to one question or opportunity. Develop pro’s and con’s in 2 columns for the question and then rate these similar to a. above. 

Henry Luke revised 7/3/2018

Notes: A- Facts cannot be changed except by miraculous intervention by God. He will give you the grace to accept it or supernaturally change it. But, God can give you His wisdom, courage, and knowledge to solve problems. See Paul’s Thorn as an example of a fact–click here. 

 I have over 10 posts on my blog related to this subject. Go to “Life Vision” by clicking here  for the first post and then at the bottom in “tags” click on “Life Vision”

Henry Luke Last revised 7/11/2018

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17 Responses to Daily Prayer for prerequisites required for Effective Decision-Making

  1. Ginger Soud says:

    This is very good Henry!




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