Pray For God’s Will

May 22, 2024 | The Chuck Wagon

“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.”
Php. 4:6; NASB

Prayer is the foundation of our lives in Christ. In the Gospels, we are told repeatedly that Jesus separated Himself from the others to be alone in prayer. He relied solely on the Father for His guidance. Think about how much better our lives would be if we all had that attitude. As much as we might want to live fully reliant on God’s will, our own desires get in the way more times than not. Being fully reliant on God’s will does not mean we expect Him to make everything happen. We have responsibilities in that as well. It is that line between His input and our input that is difficult to navigate.

There is a belief in many of today’s churches that we should declare what we want in our lives, and if we believe it enough, it will happen. This is something that has a great potential for disappointment. Scripture does not support this concept. It is foolish to think that God will jump to our demands or declarations and produce the results we insist upon. That is just foolishness. Nonetheless, many are deceived into thinking it will produce fruit in their lives. The disappointment and disillusionment this can produce shows it is part of the devil’s plan to weaken our faith and trust in God.

Today’s passage tells us to “be anxious for nothing.” You may want something to happen with great hope, but that desire should not override your desire for God’s will to be done. When you declare what you want and expect God to produce it, your anxiety will increase the longer you wait. If you do this over and over, which is a part of the declaration belief, the anxiety grows each time your declaration is not realized. God does not set us up for disappointment. Our trust in Him should be based on our deep desire for His will to be done, not ours.

Supplication is the humble request for what we want. God knows what we want before we ask, but we are called to pray for our desires. God loves us enough not to give us whatever we want. In fact, sometimes it is best for us not to get what we want since it might bring hardship we cannot see as a potential result. God sees our lives in a way that goes far beyond what we can perceive. He knows what we need more than we do. That is where our faith becomes essential.

Our prayers should begin with thanking and praising God for all He has done and all He will ever do in our lives. It is by faith that we continually go to God, through Christ, for our needs. It is that same faith that carries us through even when we do not get what we want, knowing that God knows what is best for us. We make our requests known to Him, not as declarations but as petitions, wanting only His will to be done. He loves us and will provide for all our needs. Have faith that God knows what is best and ask for His will to be your will. This will provide the greatest peace.

God bless and have a great week

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