Focus: Praying for the will of God to be done on earth and in heaven
Matthew 6:9-13 (NKJV) Our Father in heaven, Hallowed be Your name. Your kingdom come, Your will be done. On earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one. For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.
We can spend a lot of time wondering about the will of God as it relates to things we face in life. Often, we’re puzzled as to whether it’s ‘okay’ with Him if we do certain things, or not. There is no concrete formula for knowing the will of God. He could have made everything as plain as day—so we’d never have to try to figure things out. But, part of His will—is for us to seek Him on a daily basis to find the answers we need–so we will learn to know His will.
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As humans, it’s hard knowing God’s will all of the time. Harder still, is having the passion to consistently cooperate with it. It’s difficult to imagine we could ever struggle with our desire for God’s will to be done on earth as it is in heaven. Yet, many of us agonize over it—just as Jesus did on the night He was betrayed. The biggest challenge we face–is being willing to let go of our own will and trust God enough to say, “Your will be done—whatever it is”…in the little and large issues of this life.
While some matters seem to be a mystery—others are not. Some fundamental guidelines are given throughout the Bible. Using these guidelines as a foundation, we can start to build a basic framework in our understanding of the will of God. As we seek Him for clarification in the ‘not so obvious’, we will get to know Him–and His will better.
One of the first things God ‘willed’ is in the book of Genesis. God said for man and woman to be fruitful and multiply and replenish the earth—and to care for the earth and His creatures.
Later, in Exodus 20:2-17, He gives us the ten commandments:
1) You shall have no other gods before me.
2) You shall not make for yourself any carved image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth; you shall not bow down to them nor serve them. For I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children to the third and fourth generations of those who hate me, but showing mercy to thousands, to those who love Me and keep My commandments.
3) You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain, for the Lord will not hold him guiltless who takes His name in vain.
4) Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is the Sabbath of the Lord your God. In it you shall do no work: you, nor your son, nor your daughter, nor your manservant, nor your maidservant, nor your cattle, nor your stranger who is within your gates. For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and hallowed it.
5) Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long upon the land which the Lord your God is giving you.
6) You shall not murder.
7) You shall not commit adultery.
8) You shall not steal.
9) You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.
10) You shall not covet your neighbor’s house; you shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, nor his manservant, nor his maid servant, not his ox, not his donkey, nor anything that is your neighbor’s.”
In Matthew 22:37 -39 (NKJV), Jesus said, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”
In John 6:40, (KJV), Jesus goes on to say, “And this is the will of Him that sent me, that every one which seeth the Son, and believeth on Him, may have everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last day.” 2 Peter 3:9 (NKJV) says, “The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.”
1 Thessalonians 5:17-18 (NKJV) tells us to pray without ceasing, and give thanks in everything; for this is the will of God for us–in Christ Jesus. Psalm 37:4 (NIV) says to “Take delight in the LORD, and He will give you the desires of your heart.”
Declaration: I will find new strength by gaining a knowledge of the Biblical guidelines provided about God’s will. In the matters that are ‘not so crystal clear’, I will seek Him for light and truth. I will learn to know Him–and His will.
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