Prayer for Guidance
The discernment process is one of listening for God’s direction and guidance for our lives. In order to hear him, we need to be tuned into his voice through prayer, Scripture, and the sacraments. If you haven’t already, add time for daily Scripture reading into your life, try to go to Mass often, and make sure to pray 20–30 minutes every day.
We also need to ask God for his help. He’s ready and willing, and just waiting for us to bring the situation up and say please.
An Example Prayer from St. Charles de Foucauldt
I abandon myself into your hands;
do with me what you will.
Whatever you may do, I thank you:
I am ready for all, I accept all.
Let only your will be done in me,
and in all your creatures I wish no more than this, O Lord.
Into your hands I commend my soul;
I offer it to you with all the love of my heart,
for I love you Lord,
and so need to give myself,
to surrender myself into your hands,
without reserve, and with boundless confidence,
for you are my Father.
Remember: It’s important not only to start off in prayer, but also to stay rooted in prayer and ask for God’s help every step of the way.