106 God’s WillPosted: October 9, 2016
When we wait a long time for our prayers to be answered, we may wonder if God’s will is not to grant our requests. This can lead to discouragement. Let’s look at this in a different way. When we don’t get what we want when we want it, and we ask God again and again for it, we are connecting with Him. When we listen to our inner voice, we hear what He is saying to us. Perhaps God is not saying “No” to our prayers. Let’s consider what the Bible has to say about God’s general will for us.
“For my Father’s will is that everyone who looks to the Son and believes in him shall have eternal life; and I will raise him up at the last day.” John 6:40
“So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ [Y]our Heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his Kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” Matthew 6:31-33
“I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” John 10:10
“I do not give to you as the world does.” John 14:27
“In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” John 16:33
“Now is your time of grief, but I will see you again, and you will rejoice, and no one will take away your joy.” John 16:22
“I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Matthew 28:20
“I want those you have given me to be with me where I am and to see my glory.” John 17:24
“Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.” Hebrews 13:5
“As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love.” John 15:9
And this is his command: to believe in the name of his Son, Jesus Christ, and to love one another as he commanded us. I John 3:23
Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. I Thessalonians 5:16-18
May the God of peace, who through the blood of the eternal covenant brought back from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great Shepherd of the sheep, equip you with everything good for doing his will, and may he work in us what is pleasing to him, thought Jesus Christ, to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen. Hebrews 13:20-21
Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God—this is your spiritual act of worship. Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will. Romans 12:1-2
God is in control, and He is in control for our good. He has our best interests in mind. Perhaps we need to let go of some of our prayers. Perhaps God is transforming some of our prayers into something else we did not expect. We are His workmanship (Ephesians 2:10), and He is leading us into His will for our lives.
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