Hello [subscriber:firstname | default:Beloved],
” Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us”. This beautiful passage from 1 John 5:14 assures us that the Heavenly Father is especially attentive to prayers that are in accordance with His plan, His will. But are we praying according to His will?
Praying according to God’s will is like going up an escalator whose operating system allows us to reach the end of the stairs easily and safely. And if you decide to go up or down the steps while on the escalator, you will go much faster. Those who decide to use the divine escalator in prayer by praying according to God’s will, experience the divine acceleration and will have their prayers quickly and surely answered.
Does praying according to God’s will prevent us from expressing our own will? Far from it! In His prayer in the Garden of Gethsemane, the Lord Jesus expressed His own will, while asking the Father to favour His will-God, over His! ” Abba, Father, all things are possible for You. Take this cup away from Me; nevertheless, not what I will, but what You will,” written in Mark 14:36.
Yes, Beloved, Jesus had wished that the Father who is capable of everything might spare Him the cross, but what should come first, as He had made it known to God, was above all the Father’s will. You too in your prayers, do the same! Do not seek to silence your will, your desires. God fulfils the desires of those who fear Him, according to the Holy Scriptures (Psalm 145:19). But like Christ, as you express your needs, seek God’s will first and foremost, for it is better than yours and will surely lead you to a good end.
Do you want to travel? Do you want to marry a particular brother/sister? Do you aspire to do business, some studies in a specific field? Do you want to organize a seminar, evangelize in a particular city? Do you want to move to a particular neighbourhood? Whatever you want, speak about it to your heavenly Father but ask Him to fulfil His perfect will for you. Do not let your flesh or your soul rule over you and don’t be afraid of God’s will for you. The Father has for you a plan of peace and not of evil (Jeremiah 29:11); what He wants is your happiness. So trust Him and let Him guide you. Take His escalator. If, by favouring your own will, you have taken a wrong path, a roundabout, repent and accept that He will redirect you with His rod of love, of the Good Shepherd (Psalms 23:4) and bring you back on His way to Him.
Like Christ, be ready to deny your will and He will lead you to His glorious will!
May God bless you!