• Ashish Roy

God’s Will

Updated: Aug 13

Today many people in the Christian community have this misconception that if they want anything and ask it in Jesus’ name it will happen. Like they have this assumption that God wants everyone to be rich and have big cars, houses, etc.

And the most quoted verse they use is John 14:13-14, Whatever you ask in my name, this I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the son. If you ask me anything in my name, I will do it.

Here Jesus promised to do anything that His followers asked in His name; that is, according to His character, will, and authority. To ask in Jesus’ name is to be having unity in mind with His.

“In Jesus’ name” is not some magic spell to use in prayer. None of us are worthy enough to go into the holy presence of God in our name, so we come into His presence in Jesus’ name, the perfect mediator and if we are coming to God in Jesus' name then we should also align ourselves with His terms; not our terms, but His.

Prayers prayed with the passion that God the Father and God the son get all the glory, is the kind of prayer God answers. (ref. verse 13)

Often I hear people say that this and this is the will of God for me but in reality, it is just their wants and desires in the name of God.

"If you need me to tell you that if you serve God you'll get a mercedes, you're lost." ~Paul Washer

Bowing to God’s will is crucial in our Christian walk but today many people are doing this thing where if they want something, they just claim it in Jesus’ name. It is like they are commanding God to do something for them like a stubborn kid who creates a tantrum for a toy. They are claiming things rather than praying for God’s will to fulfill in their lives.

Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart (Psalm 37:4). This verse is for believers whose hearts are regenerated or in Ezekiel’s word, a heart of flesh (ref. Ezekiel 36:26). Why? Because Jeremiah tells us that the heart is deceitful above everything else (ref. Jeremiah 17:9) and an unregenerated heart will have sinful desires. This verse does not mean that God will fulfill your desires rather it is saying that He will put His desires and fulfill those.

Jesus tells us to ask anything in His name for help in the proclamation of the Gospel (Hebrews 13:20-21). Paul tells us to stay content in every circumstance and give thanks to God in everything (ref. 1 Thessalonians 5:18).

We need to bow to the perfect and sovereign will of God in everything and if you want to know God’s will for you then immerse yourself in the word of God and pray.

When Jesus taught His disciples how to pray, He said, “your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.” (Matthew 6:10). Not our will but God’s will be done.

You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised. (Hebrews 10:36)

Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight. (Proverbs 3:5-6)

It is God’s will that you should be sanctified: that you should avoid sexual immorality (1 Thessalonians 4:3)

Then he said to them all: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me. (Luke 9:3)

If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. (James 1:5)

Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path. (Psalm 119:105)

And let me tell you God’s will for you will not always be sunshine and happiness but sometimes, not always it will be suffering and struggle. But take heart He has promised to be with us even though we walk through the valley of the shadow of death. He will never leave us nor forsake us.

So my brethren, stop commanding God what to do rather bow and pray for His perfect and sovereign will over your life to be done.

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