Thursday, September 1, 2016
“Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him.” 1 John 5: 14-15
Many people have difficulty in identifying the will of God, not only in their own lives but in the many situations that confront them on a daily basis.
“What is God’s will in this matter?” “What is God’s will for my life?”
These many questions plague our minds. God, however, did not leave us in ignorance concerning His will. His will is simply His Word.
Let us look at Jesus’ life on earth. Remember in the garden of Gethsemane when He surrendered His will to the Father? We see Jesus making the ultimate decision with those profound words, “Nevertheless not my will but thine be done.”
How did Jesus know the will of His Father? Simple, it was written in the Word. Jesus came to fulfill that which was written in the Law of Moses, and in the prophets, and in the Psalms, concerning Him. In the Old Testament there are many references made of Jesus’ birth, death and resurrection. Yes, Jesus came from above and knew the Father’s will there also, but the records in the Word were also very clear.
We can also know the will of the Father as we study His word and develop a relationship with Him so that He can speak, by the Holy Spirit, to our hearts. As we commune with Him daily, He opens our understanding of His Will for us. Once we know His will, we can now pray with confidence, as we read in the Scriptures. Praying the will of God brings the desired petitions to reality. Many times we pray out of our emotions and frustrations. We try to force God to respond to the way we feel. God is not man and He cannot be manipulated. No amount of tears or temper tantrums can cause God to do what He has not destined to be done. He is a God of purpose and plan.
Take some time and find out God’s will for any given situation before you embark on prayer. You may just discover that what you believe for is not what God wants to give to you. Let your prayer be in agreement with the will of God, and you will have that which you asked for.
Teach me Your way and Your will Lord, so that I can accurately make my petitions and request known to You. Show me how to discover Your will as I spend time in Your Word. Lord, I want only what You want, so help me Lord to know Your will and Your heart. In Jesus’ name. Amen.