shutterstock_26863573_0If you don’t know what you’re doing, pray to the Father. He loves to help. (James 1:5, MSG)

Do you ever find it challenging to admit, “I don’t know what I’m doing?”

Sounds like you’re weak, right?

You don’t want to lose the respect of your co-workers or worse your team that looks to you for leadership by such an admission.

And yet the converse is reality. They respect you more when you ask for help.

So does God.

James says in such times, pray to the Father.

“But God has bigger problems like world hunger to work on,” you think.

God’s ways are higher than your ways. That’s how he’s concerned about every little detail of your work, especially those occasions when you don’t know what to do.

James shares 3 Ways to Ask God for Help If You Don’t Know What to Do:

Ask boldly

To ask boldly is to move beyond the apprehension of admitting weakness. Ironically, it’s when you are weak, Paul says, that Christ is strong.

You get over yourself when you ask boldly. You confess, “I don’t know what I’m doing, God. Please help.”

James writes, He loves to help.

More than “likes” to help or “prefers” to help.

God loves to help, as in looks for opportunities to help.

Ask boldly for the help you need if you don’t know what you’re doing and watch God show up in your work.

Ask believing

When you ask God for help because you don’t know what you’re doing, your attitude makes a tremendous difference in what happens next. If you believe God loves to help as you ask, you look for the answer and find it. If you ask without believing, you look for disappointment and find it.

Jesus said, Absolutely everything, ranging from small to large, as you make it a part of your believing prayer, gets included as you lay hold of God (Matthew 21:22, MSG)

Yes, God cares about your work, especially those tasks you don’t know how to do. Believe it when you ask for help.

Then you’ll discover the answer you need.

Ask blindly

James says to ask without a second thought (v. 6). He goes on to talk about the opposite of asking blindly for help at work from God, contrasting it with worry prayers (v.7).

Worry prayers are when you ask God for help with one eye closed and the other eye peeking to keep your options open. Just in case God doesn’t come through.

You hedge your bets. You avoid being all in.


Because it’s challenging to admit you’re weak.

Get over yourself.

Get with God if you don’t know what you’re doing.

Ask boldly.

Ask believing.

Ask blindly. Both eyes closed in prayer.

And experience an increasing faith with greater joy at work so you love God and others more.

Dr. Joey Faucette

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