Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Will Power - February 16, 2011

1 John 5:14-15 (New International Version, ©2010)
14 This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. 15 And if we know that he hears us—whatever we ask—we know that we have what we asked of him.

You might be thinking, "why do I need to know God's will?", or you might be a new Christian and not understand what is available to the Christian when we seek His will in all we do. There was a time, as I mentioned yesterday, when I lived my new Christian life on "autopilot", thinking God would just lead me here or there. True, God does ultimately direct our lives, but our lives become much richer and fruitful if we are synchronized with God.

When we are living "in the will of God", things seem to go along much more smoothly. We don't find ourselves running into dead ends and powerless in our Christian lives, when we are focused on doing what He has made us to do. Each of us is unique, and just because your friend is good at being a street evangelist doesn't mean that God wants you to be. His will for you might be to evangelize others by doing your work faithfully at your place of employment. Or you might be gifted and in God's will serving backstage in your church, rather than taking a leadership role.

Sooner or later as you walk with Jesus Christ, you will need to know God's will for your life and for your service to Him. That is the best way to avoid frustration and to be effective in what you do. It will also make your prayer life much more powerful and effective, because you will know what you need to ask for from God to equip you for the task you should be doing. The best part of being in God's will comes as the prayers and requests you make to God are answered.

Photo "Say Your Prayers" by criswatk, 10-27-2006 from stock.xchng

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