Can I know God’s will? How can I pray according to His will?
The story below is my journal of a night at my house 6 years ago.
Dinner tonight was a refrigerator cleaning. On these evenings we are more relaxed than normal. We eat whatever and wherever.
My husband and daughter were eating at the snack bar. I was in my rocking chair flipping channels eating a sandwich. I got up to fix myself something to drink and noticed my daughter’s cup was empty. I poured her some Dr. Pepper.
My husband’s countenance dropped. He was angry. Puzzled, I questioned him. “What’s wrong?” He said, “I just got it out of my mouth that she could not have anything else to drink until she had eaten more of her food.” No wonder he was mad. He thought I deliberately went against his word to our daughter. I apologized and took the drink from her until she had eaten.
The problem was that I never heard him. I could not act according to his will because I did not know he said anything. Hearing my husband was important if I was going to act on what he desired to happen.
God hearing us is important if He’s going to answer our “whatevers.”
1 John 5:14
Now this is the confidence that we have in Him,
that if we ask anything according to His will, He will hear us.
How do we know we are asking according to His will?
I thought you would never ask!
We ask according to His will when we come to know God by spending time with Him. We begin to know what He wants and expects from us and for us.
The night of our “refrigerator cleaning” dinner, I instantly knew my husband was angry because had been married 14 years.
When my children were growing up, they knew what I wanted and expected because we spent time together. (Of course, I told them whether they wanted to hear it or not!). I saw my children act and think in ways that were a result of living with me since birth. Not all of them good because I made mistakes.
Knowing Jesus every day is different because Jesus is perfect.
The Bible is God’s word to us. Some call it His love letter to His children.
Scripture tells us:
who God is,
what He is like,
what He approves of
how He thinks about us
His desires and plans for us.
To know God and His ways, we must spend time seeking Him through reading His word.
His word will transform our ways and our thinking to be more like His.
Read Psalm 119:1-8
Notice the words used to describe God’s word:
- “law of the Lord”
- “His testimonies”
- “His ways”
- “Your precepts”
- “Your statutes”
- “Your commandments”
- “Your righteous judgments.”
Notice that the Psalmist links benefits of blessing and no shame to the one who:
- Walks in His word
- Keeps His word
- Seeks to know God through His word.
According to Romans 12:2, how are we transformed?
And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind,
that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.
What is the benefit of reading your Bible and knowing God’s Word?
- You can know and pray His will.
- Your prayers will be heard loud and clear!
The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears,
and delivers them out of them all their troubles.