What Is God’s Will?
And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it.John 14:13-14 NIV
“God, your word says we can ask for anything in Jesus’ name and for Your glory. I can’t see it yet, but I’m coming to you in His name, with faith and trust in Your promises that it will come to pass, so I thank you now Father, for answering my prayer…”
Have you ever prayed like this, only to feel disappointed and betrayed?
When some of my most urgent prayers weren’t answered, I felt forgotten and abandoned by God. When I asked Him why He didn’t come through on His word, He showed me that “name-it-and-claim-it prayers” are founded on a list of scriptures taken entirely out of context.
The promise comes with the condition that we are asking according to God’s will, to do His work, and for His glory.
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Which brought me to the question: What is God’s will?
I found the answer in Matthew 22:37-38—to love Him, and each other, with all your heart, soul, and mind.
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I’m learning to surrender my own circumstantial agenda for His ways, and to instead pray for joy, peace, patience, kindness, faithfulness, goodness, and gentleness in every circumstance. And when others ask me where my strength comes from, I point them to Jesus.
Father, I’m sorry for treating your Son like waiter. Thank you for helping me better understand and pray for Your will. Please continue to help me embrace Your desires as my own. And this I ask in Jesus’ name. Amen.
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Yes, prayers for grace to be conformed into His image so that we reflect Him in all things. Beautifully stated Valerie, “I’m learning to surrender my own circumstantial agenda for His ways, and to instead pray for joy, peace, patience, kindness, faithfulness, goodness, and gentleness in every circumstance. And when others ask me where my strength comes from, I point them to Jesus.”
Thank you, Lisa! It’s a constant learning process, but thankfully God’s mercies are new every morning.
Loved this: “Jesus’ name isn’t our speed dial to divine room service.” So true! We are called to love God and love others. This is God’s will. If I am unsure, I always come back to this truth.
“I always come back to this truth” – I never really thought of it before, but I guess love is our compass, our northern star, our lighthouse.
Valerie, Great post! I try to find God’s will in my everyday life. I used to think was some huge life altering task but now I see I need to strive to walk in his will every single minute.
Thank you, Maree! It’s a lifestyle choice for sure, but no matter how much we fall short, God is always faithful.