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.
When I pray before making a big decision, or while wrestling with a difficult situation, the direction I receive from God will be just as James describes in this verse. The closer to God, the more Christ-like my decisions and my actions will be. Prayer will bring me closer to God and so improve my ability to discern what is right.
Lord God, you have given me a way to speak to you, and when I do, you are always there to help. Help me to make good decisions and to live my life as you would have me live it; fair and impartial and considerate to others. Amen