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July 8, 2016, 12:00 PM

How Do You Know What God's Will Is For Your Life? Part 2

Submitted by Brenda Farmer

June 28, 2016


Last week, I wrote about “COMPONENTS OF GOD’S WILL FOR HIS CHILDREN” that was taken from The Battle Plan for Prayer*.  Identifying these components can help us make daily decisions that are pleasing to God and can bring blessings into our life and others around us.  To review, the components of God’s Will include:

  • Bringing Glory to God through Jesus Christ in everything
  • To advance the Kingdom of God
  • Honor the Lordship of Jesus Christ
  • Live a pure life and abstain from sin
  • Be joyful, never stop praying, and be thankful to God in all circumstances
  • Mature in the Christian faith in the knowledge of God’s Word
  • Continue to produce good, lasting fruit in your everyday life
  • Be in close fellowship with other Christian believers; love your brothers and your sisters


Today, I want to share with you some of the points the authors make regarding decision-making that does not have a specific scripture relating to it. 

  • Your quest for God’s Will on a specific issue, is not separate from the other components of His Will. For example: buying a new house or car, changing jobs, how to be a good parent, etc. Your decision-making knowledge will come clear in His timing as you stay focused in prayer and be submissive to all of His Will (as above).
  • When you pray about a decision, God has a way of opening and closing doors of opportunity.  You can recognize open and closed doors of opportunity if you are prayerfully following Him and watching for them.   (Rev. 3:8 - 8 “I know all the things you do, and I have opened a door for you that no one can close. You have little strength, yet you obeyed my word and did not deny me.)
  • Your quest to follow God’s Will may lead you down a path that brings opposition and difficulties.  Think of Jesus the time He was praying in the Garden of Gethsemane before He was arrested, crucified and rose again.  He prayed to His Heavenly Father, “not My Will but Your Will be done”.  I believe we would all be doomed if Jesus had not willingly made His sacrifice of pain and suffering.  Jesus gave His all so that we may have life and have it more abundantly!
  • You know you are in God’s will when you have peaceI believe that peace of heart and peace of mind is a heavenly gift to us.(Phil. 4:7)   Peace is a gift that Jesus gave to us when He walked on this earth.  Peace is the fruit of God’s Holy Spirit living within us.  You can walk the path of God’s Will for your life, no matter how turbulent.  Keep your faith high in God, and you can know deep inside that you are where you are supposed to be.  I like the saying: ‘If God brings you to it, He will take you through it.’

My all-time favorite scripture and prayer that leads me into God’s Will and helps me make decisions is Proverbs 3:5,6 - 5 Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. 6 In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.

The authors have written a sample prayer that I believe is excellent.  It goes like this:

Lord, I know I’m in skillful hands as I pray for You to show me Your Will and lead me faithfully into it.  I accept from You specific guidance through Your Word to give me “a lamp to my feet and a light to my path”  (Ps. 119:105)—for this moment.  Thank You for being heaven-and-earth beyond me in size and scope  (Isa. 55:8-9), yet somehow stooping down to involve Yourself in my details.  Tune my heart to the desires of Your heart.  Align my mind with Your thoughts.  Guide my path to the center of Your plans.  And help me pray and live in accordance with Your will.  I love You, and I will follow You.  In Jesus’ Name, amen.


May God Richly Bless You and Yours!


* Reference: The Battle Plan for Prayer by Stephen and Alex Kendrick



- Brenda

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