[ecko_quote source="1 John 5:14-15"]Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him[/ecko_quote]
Through the years as Pastor, Evangelist and a Bible Teacher, I have had a countless meeting with people who were going through trials and problems in their lives. Some problems were financial; some were emotional, and some were physical. When I would ask them if they had prayed concerning their situations, many times I would get the reply “yes, but I am not sure what God is going to do.” Then I would usually ask them, “why is it that you do not know what God would do?” The answer is simple - most of the time it was because they had not searched the Scriptures to find God’s will.
During one of my counselling, one man said to me “uncle you know I am married, but I do not like my wife anymore, but there is another woman I feel God wants me to marry. Would you pray with me about this?”. Without so much as blinking an eye, I responded, “Frankly, there is no need to pray. God is not going to change His word for you. His word says one woman for one man till death do you part. Now, go work on your marriage”.
Without a doubt, the most important factor in finding God’s will is the Bible itself. God speaks to us not in some loud voice, but through the scriptures. First, the Scriptures declares He does have a definite will for my life. “The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord” (Psalm 37:23). “I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go” (Psalm 32:8). Secondly, God desires us to know His will for our lives. “Therefore do not be unwise, but understand what the will of the Lord is (Ephesians 5:17). Thirdly, God’s will be specific. “Your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying, “this is the way, walk in it” (Isaiah 30:21).
God is a good God, and every good and perfect gift comes from Him (James 1:17). God wants to bless His children and even sent His Son, Jesus, to redeem them from the curse of the law (Galatians 3:13). Jesus came to preach good news to the poor, and that good news is freedom from poverty. He preached healing to the sick and restoration to the broken hearted. So when it comes to certain things, we know the will of God. We need to obey His will that will bring blessings.
For example, if you are sick, we know that God said in Psalm 103:3 that “I am the God who heals thee.” So when we pray, we pray to be healed. If the problem is poverty, we know that God takes pleasure in the prosperity of His saints, so we pray for prosperity (Psalm 35:27). If the problem is a broken heart or an emotional issue, we know that the Scripture says God sent Jesus to the earth and was anointed to heal the brokenhearted (Luke 4:18).
In all of these things, we can pray in the understanding with confidence because He has promised them to us, so obviously they must be His will for us. He would not promise us something unless He desired for us to have it.
Do you want to know God’s will? Then here’s your test: How much time do you spend in God’s Word? Do you think God really believes you when you say “I want to know the will of God,” but you do not read the one book above all books that God has specifically written to show you His will, to reveal His will to you, to unfold His will to you? Romans 12:2 tells us, “And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.”