DEVOTIONAL: “And this is the confidence that we have toward him, that if we ask anything according to his will he hears us. And if we know that he hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests that we have asked of him.” 1 John 5:14-15, ESV.
CHALLENGE: Praying for God’s will or accordance to His will? A tricky situation can arise when we do not know what or how to pray. Every circumstance is uniquely different, but that does not mean that God’s will changes when life does. Kendrick says, “Many people are convinced that God’s will is a mystery. Unknowable. All shadows and secrets.” When we read His Word, the Bible, we can have assurance of what God’s ultimate will is.
“First of all in beginning to seek God’s will for specific questions is to pray like Jesus did—to pray in surrender to it from the onset.” And “Second, we should pray in accordance with what we already know for sure to be His will.” What then is God’s will? Kendrick sums it up with three words: “Glory. Kingdom. Lordship.” For God to be glorified. To advance His kingdom. For Christ to be Lord over every area of our lives.
In everything we pray, for everyone we pray for, and every time we do pray, let us pray, “Not to us, O Lord, not to us, but to your name give glory, for the sake of your steadfast love and your faithfulness!” (Ps 115:1). Let us “seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness.” (Matt 6:33a). And we “confess with [our] mouths that Jesus is Lord and believe…that God raised him from the dead.” (Rom 10:9).
How has praying according to God’s will, as laid out in Scripture, affected your prayer life this week? How has it changed your relationships with friends and family?