4 Things You Can Do When Prophetic Guidance Is Unclear

Have you ever been in a situation where you are seeking God about an important decision in your life, but you do not have clear prophetic guidance?

God GuidesThis can be a frustrating time. On one hand, you would like to make a decision. On the other hand, you are not certain which direction to take. You want to do God’s will, but are having trouble discerning what His particular plan is.

Here are 4 options to consider when you need to make a decision, but your prophetic guidance is currently unclear:

(Note that these are some contrasting options to pray through, not a series of steps to take. Pursuing God’s will is always about putting intimacy with Him first. Prophetic guidance cannot be put into a formula. However, we can learn some Biblical principles to help us discover God’s direction for our lives.)


1. Wait and Hold Your Current Course

If your decision is an important one, perhaps the lack of clear guidance is a signal that change is not right at this time.

  • There may still be some things, such as people or resources, that God is directing and putting into place in the background, that are not in position yet.
  • Perhaps your Father is allowing character to be built in your life during a prolonged time of waiting.

Another key concerning timing is to review what is happening in your heart, especially if you are feeling pushed to make a decision. Impatience, discouragement or anxiety (in yourself or others) are not a fruit of the Holy Spirit.

We should not make significant decisions based on negative feelings, but on where the peace of God is leading us.

‘But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere.’ (James 3:17)

If you do not have peace, or unity among key decision-makers, it may be time to wait and hold your course. In this case, make it your aim to stay on track in your current situation and finish well.


2. Take Time to Hear God’s Voice

‘He refreshes my soul. He guides me along the right paths for his name’s sake.’ (Psalm 23:3)

Unclear guidance may simply be an invitation from the Holy Spirit to spend more time with Him.

Take time out, with no agenda except to spend time with God and enjoy His Presence.

When you are relaxed and not trying to receive direction, you may discover that you are more open to hear His voice.

Don’t limit the ways God speaks. Perhaps you are trying to hear from God one way, such as a prophecy, and He wants to speak to you another way—for example, through the wise counsel of a person or leader in your life.


3. Make a Choice and do the Wisdom Check

Sometimes we are waiting for a word of instruction from God when He is simply saying, ‘Step out and I will be with you.’

  • Perhaps He has already equipped you with everything you need to make the decision—such as experience, wisdom, desire, skill, provision and the support of others.
  • If the direction is not clear, perhaps there is no ‘right or wrong’ choice—in fact, Your Heavenly Father may be saying, ‘Choose and I will bless your decision.’

If there is no clear prophetic guidance, take the direction you are leaning towards through the wisdom check I discuss here:

Prophetic Guidance: How to Get it Right When Important Decisions are at Stake

This ‘wisdom check’ includes accountability, balancing faith with practical wisdom, and applying checks of confirmation, love and unity.


4. Move Forward and Trust God to Direct You

‘Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, “This is the way; walk in it.”’ (Isaiah 30:21)

As the saying goes, ‘you can’t follow a parked car.’ When we are moving, God is able to direct us. He is our Navigator; our GPS. We can trust Him to give us (or other significant people/leaders in our life) a ‘check’—an inner sense of warning—from the Holy Spirit, if we begin to go the wrong way. His peace, on the other hand, will guide us in the right paths.

‘Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.’ (Col 3:15)

Take one step in the direction you are inclined to head towards, and stay aware of how the Holy Spirit is responding within you. Above all, remember your Father God desires a relationship with you, so whatever you do, stay in conversation and intimacy with Him. He has promised to direct your paths. (Prov 3:5-6)


Related Posts:

That Closed Door Could Be A Heavenly Redirection

How To Get Prophetic Guidance Right (When Important Decisions Are At Stake)


Which of the above options have you found helpful when your prophetic guidance has been unclear? I would love to hear about it in the blog comments section, or on Facebook or Instagram. If the blog comments box is not visible, click on this link and scroll down.


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16 thoughts on “4 Things You Can Do When Prophetic Guidance Is Unclear

  1. L.

    Hello Helen,

    Thank you for sharing this article. Very much needed this as I am in a time of making a decision and have been unable to hear God’s voice clearly. I would like to know if the scriptures give any reference to how or if the enemy can interfere with our prayers and cause counterfeit answers to manifest. If so, what does this mean and how do we stop it? Went through a season of this and it was very discouraging.

    Thank you

    1. Helen Calder Post author

      Hi there!
      I’m sorry to hear you have been through such a troubling time.
      This verse in 1 John 2:27 comes to mind: ‘As for you, the anointing you received from him remains in you, and you do not need anyone to teach you. But as his anointing teaches you about all things and as that anointing is real, not counterfeit—just as it has taught you, remain in him.’
      I believe it is a part of our growth and maturing that we learn to recognise the counterfeit that the enemy is trying to draw us into…and sometimes we make mistakes along the way. Don’t let discouragement or regret pull you down – believe that you are growing in your faith and discernment, learn the lessons, and know that Father God has good things up ahead for you.

  2. Gabriel Wanga Candido

    I really enjoy this part of the teaching; I am a no longer a new born again because I am completing a year soon by the 10th of October this year. But I do realise that I am growing faster due to the commitment and seriousness of engagement. I am going to the size of full servant of God. But I am now worried about kids life. My call was coming trough an uncomfortable zone with finances problems. Yet I need quality time to grow to a size of a prophet, maybe to do both. How ?I need a prophetic guidance in my life.

  3. Barungi Yoab

    Hi. May God bless you for the inspiring posts. I thank God that all the for steps have been important to me depending on different instances. May the grace of the Lord be with you.

  4. Charity

    I have found the teachings to be just what I need. God has revealed so much to me in dreams, visions and prophesy. I realize these teachings are just what I need. How to step out into what God is saying is an issue I need guidance. Thank you

    1. Helen Calder Post author

      Hi Charity, yes taking the steps forward with faith and wisdom is important – having people around who can help advise is a significant key to help. Proverbs 15:22 says ‘Plans fail for lack of counsel, but with many advisers they succeed.’

  5. Conny

    Dear Helen,
    Another brilliant article. I would like to know what I shall do jobwise because I
    feel I cannot go on as a freelancer it drains me. I had many prophecies from my pophetic mum
    what I should become. Part of that has come true, but my grim marriage was somehow in the way
    now I do not really know how to get out of my dead end job situation. I have many talents and many interests on top of that God showed me that I am highly gifted. At least now I know why I was always different. I had a terrible school time because my classmates were envious and bullied me all the way to the A-Levels. I try to make contacts into interesting areas and at the university where I teach, but I do not really manage to see a way for me. I still have my own research topic and I would like to make a doctoral thesis out of this. But I need a job to finance this … I miss my mum a lot because she could tell me directly what God wanted me to do even in very complex situations, now I wish I could see my own pathway to find Jesus will in this situation. In case you could find a minute, would you pray for me again. I am glad that I found the peaceful flat and that is a miracle but I do not know how to find a suitable job which maches my talents.
    Loving thanks
    Conny

    1. Helen Calder Post author

      Hi Conny, I’m sure glad to hear about the peaceful flat, too!
      I’m praying for you right now about the job situation – God is your provider and I pray He will make the way clear for you.

  6. jose ramos

    He estado atorado tratando de solusionar algunos problemas,con mi hijo,quien ahora es el pastor de la iglesia,que yo le deje…Pues bien,personas que me conocen en la congregacion me buscan para recibir consejeria u oraciones,por algun problema.Despues de cada servicio la gente me busca,y esto ha causado cierta molestia en mi hijo el pastor actual y su esposa.He tratado de aconsejar a mi hijo de algunas cosas que esta haciendo nada bien,pero el dice que lo deje.El tubo enseñanza profetica,habla lenguas,tiene el don para pastor.Pero,nada de lo que sugiero para que las cosas caminen mejor en la iglesia ,el no las acepta.
    Yo se lo que debo hacer para que estos problemas cesen.Pero,le insisto de que es necesario cambiar algunas cosas para que la iglesia camine mejor.Lo malo de esto es que los miembros de la iglesia se han dado cuenta de que el,me esta bloqueando en algunas cosas. Me mantengo en oracion .!Oro por su ministerio y por su familia!,saludos .Oren por mi pais,por favor.

    1. Helen Calder Post author

      It sounds like you need much wisdom there, Jose. I agree with you in prayer for the wisdom and breakthrough you need

  7. Fernando

    Dear Helen,
    When facing a crossroad in life, how do you decide which is the path that God wants you to choose? Especially when situations are not a clear textbook case where you could refer to the Bible and know for yourself whether something is OR is not from God. For instance; if a certain path you want to take may be breaking tradition/norm and would not make your parents the happiest (thus disobeying a commandment) but it is also explained in the Bible that it is something God would encourage a believer to do (such as, giving people chances and doing things for grander plan of God- for Christ Himself came to call the sinners not the righteous to repentance and to show them the Way)
    Any advice and prayer would be appreciated
    God bless you

    1. Helen Calder Post author

      Hi Fernando,
      It’s not possible to give advice because every situation and every person is different. Your situation will be unique – and I recommend as I always do, to find a wise pastor or leader to journey with.
      However, I do know that I’ve heard wonderful testimonies of people who launched out into God’s purpose for their lives when their parents were not in agreement at the time. God moved powerfully through their obedience to Him.

  8. Jackie

    Please pray for me. Recently I was diagnosed with MS. Currently, unable to work, I’m behind on all my bills. Also, my home was placed in foreclosure. I believe God! For healing and restoration are promised! I trust and believe that greater things lie ahead for me and my family.
    I’ve suffered one assault after the other. I cannot afford to become weary in well doing. God promised that I’ll reap if I faint not.
    My house is on the market, but so far, no interest! My 15 year old wants to be emancipated, my special needs daughter is displaying manic bipolar behaviors and adult son was the victim of a robbery and shot 8 times and survived! Thank You Jesus! Most battles occur when I have difficulty walking. Thank you for allowing God to use you and God bless you!!

    1. Helen Calder Post author

      Hi Jackie, you have been through a lot! I am praying for you right now. May you be strengthened, empowered, and experience healing in Jesus’ Name. Thank you for leaving the comment.

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