Entry 30 Praying to know God’s Will, Word, and Ways
The only way we can expect to get an answer from God in prayer is to first develop a relationship with Him. Getting to know the Lord in an intimate way involves spending time with Him allowing Him to reveal His will, word, and ways to us on a daily basis. God’s will for us is to be saved, healed and blessed. There are other wills in effect out there that we can tap into, often to our own chagrin. We can access and function in our personal will, Satan’s will for us, other people will for our lives, God’s permissive will and His perfect will. Needless to say, God’s perfect will is the best one for us. When we function in our own personal will, we limit ourselves to our abilities, education, and access to opportunity, and efforts. It makes more sense to express to God what we want to do, but make sure that what we want lines up with what He wants to do in us. Because when we tap into the limitless source of God’s plan, there is no chance for failure; for there is no failure in God. Satan’s will for us is to steal our joy, kill our faith, and destroy our destiny. His ability to do so is directly related to our willingness to trust God’s plan for our lives. Operating in other people’s will for our lives is just as destructive. God has a specific individualized plan for each one of us. Doing what other people want us to do takes us away from our destiny. People may have their own selfish reasons for wanting us to do certain things that are not always in our best interest. God’s permissive will for us allows us to utilize our free choice, ability and desires. God permits it because it does not hinder our destiny; it may just take us longer to get there. When we rest in God’s perfect will for us, we can effortlessly flow from grace to grace and glory to glory. God’s ways are not like our ways, and His thoughts are not like ours. He is perfect, complete and constant in all things. His ways deal with seeds, seasons and signs. When we pray to understand the seeds God place inside of us, the seasons He want us to plant and harvest them, and the signs of the seed’s reproduction and germination in our lives, we are learning God’s will, word and ways.