Discover the will of God for you – Part 14
• As Regards Paul The Apostle
“The God of our fathers has chosen you to know His will and to see the Just One, and to hear the voice of His mouth. 15: For you will be His witness to all men of what you have seen and heard” (Acts 22:14,15).
These are the words God spoke through Ananias to Paul immediately after his conversion.
• What Do We Mean When We Pray?
“Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven,” Mat 6:10.
When we pray: “Your will be done.” We are not resigning ourselves to fate, but praying that God’s perfect purpose will be accomplished in this world as well as in the next.
To pray, “Thy will be done” means that we sincerely desire God’s will and purpose to be fulfilled in our lives and the lives of our families, according to His eternal plan. We can determine what God’s will is primarily in His revealed Word, the Bible, and through the Holy Spirit’s leading in our hearts (cf. Rom 8:4-14). The will of God is accomplished when we pray for “the kingdom of God, and his righteousness” to come among us.
Perhaps you are at a crossroads in your life and need to make a decision that will affect not only you, but also your family in a major way. Maybe it is a decision regarding your education or your job or the place where you should live or the right marriage partner. A committed follower of Jesus Christ would ask him/herself: What is God’s will in this matter?
Discovering the will of God is the easiest task in the world and the hardest. It is the easiest because clear guidelines are laid down in the scripture, which, if we follow them will help us in our decision-making. It is the hardest because attention to those guidelines can be costly in terms of time, dedication, commitment and self-discipline. The rewards, however, are far greater than the cost because God always gives the best to those who take their choices to Him.
Before you ask for God’s will, it is vital that your concept of God is in harmony with the scripture. In other words, you need to believe He is good and desires what is best for us. One of the most serious obstacles on the road to knowing God’s will is the suspicion that it may not be beneficial for us. One of the strategies Satan uses to tempt people is to create doubt in people’s minds. This was the method he used to tempt Eve when he induced her to sin. He asked the question: “Did God really say, “You must not eat from any tree in the garden?” (Gen 3:1).
We all wish to know God’s will and discover His best for our life.
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