“I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you and watch over you” (Psalm 32:8).
The habit of always praying before making a decision is a key to consistent obedience. Often we forget or we do not see the need. We have not because we ask not.
Everything should be the subject of prayer, and to ask God for help in our decisions. Maybe such attentiveness to prayer seems impossible, but it is a habit we gain through perseverance. To God nothing that concerns His children is too small for Him to listen.
If we always lift our moments of uncertainty to Him, we discover that He is willing to direct every detail of our lives. “In him we live and move and have our being” (Acts 17:28). We make no move; say no words, without His knowledge.
Often our greatest regrets result from simply failing to seek Him in all things even when we think the answer is obvious. Satan often tries to deceive us, by making the wrong decision seem so correct that we feel no need to ask for God’s guidance.
God had warned Joshua not to make a treaty with people who lived close to them, so when the Gibeonites came with moldy bread and patched sandals, Joshua assumed they had come from afar. He and his men “sampled their provisions but did not inquire of the Lord” (Joshua 9:14).
The answer seemed obvious. Common sense told them what to do. We do not know if they forgot to inquire of the Lord, or if the idea to inquire came and they rejected it. Satan’s plans are often so subtle that we think we are making it all right choosing our own way. But the Holy Spirit, our Counselor who is with us always, invites us to bring our decisions before Him.
We need to train ourselves to prayerfully look to God on a moment-by-moment basis.