The Bible teaches us that God is personal, that he created every one of us for a purpose, knows us, and wants the very best for us. Paul expresses it this way: "We are what he has made us, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand to be our way of life" (Ephesians 2:9-10).
The biblical writers also describe that although some people received very concrete and definite direction, such as the Apostle Paul did when he had a vision (Acts 16:9), most people didn't. They had to ask God, trusting that he would guide them in his own way. For example, one writer said: "Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight" (Proverbs 3:5-6). This is usually a process. Turn from evil (Proverbs 3:7) and do right away what we know God wants.
The better we come to know him, the more we will understand what pleases him. We will appreciate more and more his love for each individual and his longing for all peoples to know him, serve him, and enjoy his blessings. At the same time, we discover that he pushes us to grow in faith and will give us opportunities to obey him.
As we seek God's will, it is helpful to analyze who we are: our abilities, our interests, our opportunities, the counsel of wise friends we respect, what gives us the greatest joy, and also the tug of our hearts. As we bring these resources before the Lord in prayer and get involved in serving him where we are, we can expect him to show us more and more clearly the next steps.