Pray according to the Will of God

Written by Desiree Visser

It is our desire as disciples of Jesus to pray according to the will of God. Jesus said, “my food is to do the will of Him who sent me and to accomplish His work” (John 4:34) and our desire is no different. Yet, between our own human nature, natural desires, trials and struggles, it can be difficult to discern what the will of God in each situation is.

The Bible gives us much encouragement for attaining wisdom and seeking the Kingdom of God; Proverbs 2:6 and James 1:5 specifically speak about asking God for wisdom. Profoundly, God is even willing to give us the actual words to speak that are in line with His will, by the power of the Holy Spirit!

In the Old Testament Jeremiah received the Lord’s words (Jeremiah 1:9); and Moses was promised the words of God in Exodus 4: 11 – 12 “Now therefore go, and I will be with your mouth and teach you what to say.” In the New Testament, Jesus and the disciples spoke about receiving words from the Lord in preaching the gospel. For example, Jesus told his disciples in Luke 21:5 “For I will give you words and wisdom that none of your adversaries will be able to resist or contradict.” Paul echoed this sentiment in his letter to the Ephesian church (Ephesians 6:19; also look at Col.4:3-4; 2 Tim 4:16-17).

In faith we can ask our Father in Heaven for the words that align with His good and perfect will. We can receive both wisdom and knowledge through the Holy Spirit that will enable us to speak and pray the will of God. A beautiful promise is found in Romans 8:26 - the Holy Spirit intercedes for us and helps us in our weakness.

Isaiah 50:4 – 8 states “The Sovereign Lord has given me an instructed tongue, to know the word that sustains the weary. He wakens me morning by morning, wakens my ear to listen, like one being taught. The Sovereign Lord has opened my ears, and I have not been rebellious; I have not drawn back.” Herein lies the warning for us. Even though God, in His unfailing love and mercy, gives us the words to speak His will, will we choose to be obedient? Jesus taught us this in John 5: 13 – 20 and in John 6: 38 “For I have come down from heaven, not to do my own will, but the will of Him who sent me.”

Let us not hear the will of God and turn away from it. May we never seek His will only to rebel against it. We want to do the will of God because we love Him; our obedience is evidence of that love. Be encouraged to know that God loves us more, and is eager for us to hear and do His will just as Jesus did on earth.

2 Comments


Cheryl Erasmus - November 28th, 2022 at 11:26pm

For from Him and through Him and to Him are all things

Marlene - January 9th, 2023 at 4:30am

Amen