Knowing God’s will

In prayer one day I asked Jesus what He prayed for while He was in fasting and prayer and before I finished the sentence He said, “For the Fathers will to be done.” Jesus’s answer left me wondering what the Fathers will was, which part of God’s will was He referring? At one time I had believed God’s will had to be some glorified, special will that He specifically wanted me to walk in, but I learned His will for everyone is already expressed in the Bible and He expects us to know what His will is. Ephesians 5:15-17 says, “Therefore be careful how you walk, not as unwise men, but as wise, making the most of your time, because the days are evil. So then do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is.”

It is God’s will that we all understand the truth and be saved. 1 Timothy 2:3-4 says, “This is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all men to be saved and come to the knowledge of the truth.”

It is God’s will that those who believe in Jesus have eternal life and be raised to heaven. In John 6:40 Jesus said, “For this is the will of My Father, that everyone who beholds the Son and believes in Him, may have eternal life; and I Myself will raise him up on the last day.”

It is God’s will for us to walk in humility, to do justice and love kindness. In Micah 6:8 the Bible says, “He has told you, O man, what is good: and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?

It is also God’s will that we be thankful in all things. 1 Thessalonians 5:18 says, “In everything give thanks, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”

“Therefore, since Christ has suffered in the flesh, arm yourselves also with the same purpose, because he who has suffered in the flesh has ceased from sin, so as to live the rest of the time in the flesh no longer for the lusts of men, but for the will of God.” 1 Peter 4:1-2.

Father, help me to live for Your will, searching for it and living it out. In Jesus name, Amen.