The will of God is one of the most mysterious aspects of Christianity. The Bible has many things to tell us about God's will, but it is still hard to understand. We know that if we ask anything, according to His will, He will do it. We can all pray for His will. We can all listen as closely as possible for Him to share His will with us. But it is still hard to discern if we are actually hearing His will or ours. I used to think that praying for His will was kind of useless. I mean, isn't He going to do His will whether we pray for it or not? Maybe, but then again, maybe not.
When Jesus was here on earth, He healed many people. That was obviously God's will for them to be healed. But what did it take to get God's will going? It took faith and asking on the part of those needing the healing. Think about all of Christ's healing-miracles for a minute. What was it that got each one started? They had to come to Him and ask! Do you think God would have healed them if they had not asked Him? Maybe. But Jesus did demonstrate that it took faith on their part to receive the miracle. Maybe that is why we must ask God for our heart's desires and ask Him for His will at the same time. If what we ask for is not in His perfect plan for our lives, we will not receive it. And that is a good thing! But on the other hand, if we don't ask Him for it and it is in His perfect plan for our lives, we may still not receive it. Today, let's boldly go before God in prayer, asking Him for everything we want. But then let's also make sure that we trust that what He will give us is exactly what we need.
John 16:24 says, "Until now, you have not asked for anything in my name. Ask and you will receive, and your joy will be complete."
Father, you truly know what's best for us. Please help us to seek Your will and to yield our lives to it. You are awesome, Lord! In Jesus name, Amen.