Prayer for Direction in the Choice of a State of Life

God made us “to know Him, to love Him, and to serve Him in this world and to be happy with Him forever in the next, [in Heaven].” Hence, Christians should always strive to live according to the Will of God. In whatever we do, let us first seek His Will. We can do this through prayer, discernment and spiritual direction. Whether it be discerning your vocation or choosing your spouse or choosing your career, let us always strive to know what God wants of us. Let us ask the Holy Spirit to guide us. Here is a prayer seeking God’s help for choosing a state of life.

O Almighty God, whose wise and amiable providence watches over every human event, be Thou my light and my counsel in all my undertakings, particularly in the choice of a state of life. I know that on this important step my sanctification and salvation in great measure depend. I know that I am incapable of discerning what may be best for me; therefore, I cast myself into Thy arms, beseeching Thee, to direct by Thy grace every moment and action of my life to the glorious end of my creation.

I renounce most sincerely every other wish than to fulfill Thy designs on my soul, whatever they may be, and I beseech Thee to grant me that grace which, by imbibing the true spirit of a Christian, will enable me to qualify myself for any state of life to which Thine adorable Providence may call me.

O my God, whenever it may become my duty to make a choice, do Thou be my Light and my Counsel, and mercifully make known to me the way wherein I should walk, for I have lifted up my soul to Thee. Preserve me from listening to the suggestions of my own self-love, or worldly prudence, in prejudice to Thy holy inspirations. Let Thy good Spirit lead me into the right way, and let Thine adorable providence place me, not where I may naturally feel inclined to go, but where all things may be most conducive to Thy glory and to the good of my soul.

Mary, mother of Good Counsel, Seat of Wisdom and Help of Christians, pray for me.

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