Posts Tagged ‘God’s Will’

My Prayer for 2014


Let the peace of God rule in your hearts…  Colossians 3:15

Prayer

Lord, I need Your help. I am feeling the strain of stress. My body is agitated by worry and fear. I confess to You my inability to handle it alone. I surrender my mind to You. Take charge of the control center of my brain. Think Your thoughts through me, and send into my nervous system the pure signals of Your peace, power, and patience. I don’t want to have a divided mind fractured off from Your control.

Forgive my angers rooted in petulant self-will. Make me a channel, a riverbed, of Your love to others suffering as much stress as I. Help me act on the inspiration You give me rather than stifling Your guidance.

Take charge of my tongue so it becomes an instrument of healing. Make me a communicator of love and forgiveness as I cheer others on to their best.

I commit my schedule to You, Lord—help me to know and do Your will. Guide me in doing Your will on Your timing so I don’t burn out doing the things I don’t really want to do, or fear to do what is Your best for me. Set me free from the tyranny of acquisitiveness and the lust of seeking my security in things rather than in my relationship with You.

I long to be the person You created me to be, and not anyone else. Forgive me when I take my signals of success from others and not You.

Most of all, Lord, help me to catch the drum beat of Your guidance and live by Your timing. Here is my life—invade it, fill it, transform it. And I thank You in advance for the healing of my life and for giving me strength to conquer stress.

AMEN!!!

If it be thy will..


The question of God’s will is one of the most controversial subjects to understand and one that has caused me stress trying to explain to people!

We are all familiar with Luke 22.42Saying, Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done.”

Looking at this portion of scripture automatically makes me understand one very important thing we don’t understand about God’s will. 

Jesus knew it was the Father’s will for Him to be made an offering for the sins of the world. This is true because He prophesied His death and resurrection many times before. However, because of His unique relationship with God, Jesus was asking God to accomplish His will some other way, but at the same time affirming His commitment to do His Father’s will and not His own. 

He was not at a loss to know God’s will and therefore, left this time of prayer trusting that whatever the Father deemed best for Him would happen. 
He knew, when He began praying what the Father’s will was and He knew at the close of His prayer, that God’s will could not be accomplished any other way. 

For us to pray, “Lord, if it be thy will” in response to a promise that God has given us is nothing but unbelief and is not even remotely related to what Jesus did in the Garden of Gethsemane. One of the foundational principles of answered prayer is that we must believe that we receive when we pray (Mk. 11:24). There is no way that we can fulfill that condition if we don’t know God’s will in that situation. Praying, “if it be thy will” takes us out of the active position of believing and puts us in the passive position of waiting and letting circumstances rule our lives. If we are seeking direction in an area where God’s will is not already expressed through His Word, then we should pray James 1:5, and ask for wisdom. Then we can believe that we receive when we pray, and with that knowledge continue our prayer in faith. 

We should not be ignorant but understand what the will of the Lord is (Eph. 5:17). 

The only appropriate time to pray, “If it be thy will” is when we are dedicating ourselves to the service of God, regardless of where or what that may be.

END OF DEBATE!!!

THE WILL OF GOD


Hi dear friends! Today I have been compelled to write on a subject that I personally think is the most misunderstood amongst Christians. The subject ‘God’s Will’. Let us look at Luke below where the foundation of the ‘so-called confusion’ begins.

Luke 22:42Saying, Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done.”

So, taking it from here, most of us argue that sometimes God may enforce his will even if it may not be pleasant to us. For example; they say God may cause death (even of an innocent child), to achieve his will for us…because God knows what is best for me! Brothers and sisters this is totally misleading. It is religious bigotry! This kind of argument is being used to justify calamities that occur nowadays to suggest God let them happen. The truth is; we let everything bad happen; God doesn’t! He has given us power to stop them; but first let us explore what Jesus meant by saying God’s will be done.

Jesus knew it was the Father’s will for Him to be made an offering for the sins of the world. This is true because He prophesied His death and resurrection many times before. However, because of His unique relationship with God, Jesus was asking God to accomplish His will some other way, but at the same time affirming His commitment to do His Father’s will and not His own.

He was not at a loss to know God’s will and therefore, left this time of prayer trusting that whatever the Father deemed best for Him would happen.

He knew, when He began praying what the Father’s will was and He knew at the close of His prayer, that God’s will could not be accomplished any other way.

For us to pray,Lord, if it be thy will in response to a promise that God has given us is nothing but unbelief and is not even remotely related to what Jesus did in the Garden of Gethsemane. One of the foundational principles of answered prayer is that we must believe that we receive when we pray (Mk. 11:24). There is no way that we can fulfill that condition if we don’t know God’s will in that situation. Praying, if it be thy will takes us out of the active position of believing and puts us in the passive position of waiting and letting circumstances rule our lives. If we are seeking direction in an area where God’s will is not already expressed through His Word, then we should pray James 1:5, and ask for wisdom. Then we can believe that we receive when we pray, and with that knowledge continue our prayer in faith.

We should not be ignorant but understand what the will of the Lord is (Eph. 5:17).

The only appropriate time to pray,If it be thy willis when we are dedicating ourselves to the service of God, regardless of where or what that may be.

 

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