Many Christians pray that God's will be done; some even use the phrase, "If it
be thy will." The other day I was talking with God about selling my house and
moving to Lyons, KS. To my surprise, God asked me, "When do you want to sell your
house?" Now, a question like that from God would upset a lot of religious thinking.
They are all thinking that God is in control, only His will matters and if He wants you
to have something you will have and if you don't have it He must not have wanted
you to have it. I guess that's why carpenters, plumbers and all the rest of those
construction businesses are in such demand.
But God wants to please His children who come to Him in faith (Hebrews
11:6.). Fact is that all through the gospels Jesus told us how to operate in faith. He
said the faith is released by words (Matthew 12:37, Mark 11:2523). That's right, I
mentioned Mark 11:23, 24, 25 in reverse order because forgiveness should come
first, then the prayer of faith and then confession according to what you had just
prayed in faith.
"But if I do them, even though you do not believe me, believe
the works, that you may know and understand that the Father is in
me, and I in the Father," (John 10:38 New International Version).
Now, pay close attention is the last nine words, "the Father is in me, and I in
the Father." God, the Father, and His Word are one (John 1:1), and being in the
Father means being baptized or enveloped in Him, the Holy Spirit. So when Jesus
told us that if we are in Him--Jesus being the Father being the Holy Spirit--and His
Word in us--His Word being God's Word being God's will--what will happen?
"If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, ask whatever
you wish, and it will be done for you," (John 15:7 New American
Abide means to live, stay; it's abide in as in be one with. How many of you
abide with your husband or wife? Are you and your husband or wife of one mind
yet, that is truly committed? OK, now, how many of you abide in the Holy Spirit?
Remember, His word is His will, He didn't say one thing, even have it written down,
and will something else, especially not in a life contract.
You may, indeed, be Holy Spirit baptized; that's excellent! But do you pray,
"We want your will to be done, Lord?" I know people are not going to like this, but
just think about that prayer. What you prayed sounds great, it says that you are
surrendered to God's will, but it also says that you don't know God's will.
God wants us to know Him, that includes knowing His will, His Word. I'm
sure you have seen TV shows that may have court cases in them, not a murder case
or something like that. One of the lawyers might sight a previous case, something
that has very similar, maybe exact, structure and gives the judges ruling. The judge
weighs the evidence, and the sighting that was brought up and the lawyer who
brought up that sighting wins to case. Why did he win the case? Possibly because
he knew the will of the court.
Well, think of God, the one you are praying to, as the court and the judge, and
you are the lawyer--in this scenario. You should know the will of the court on the
subject so do your homework before you go to God.
Can you read? Do you have a Bible? Some people have made the bold
statement, "The Bible is God's Word." Sounds really convicting and strong and good.
But it's not really an accurate statement. The Bible contains God's Word, it also
contains a table of contents and many other things. I am so glad that my teachers
taught me how to read, and in teaching me how to read they taught me how to
analyze what I read. And then when I was Holy Spirit baptized the Lord taught me
how to pray. So, what I do is read, analyze and pray. I learned that God's Word is
God's will. So now, when I'm reading God's Word from one translation or another
and I don't understand something I take it to prayer. I, also, never take one version
of the Bible as ultimate authority because of how many times it has been translated.
I always compare, analyze, and pray about what I read out of the Bible.
Let's look at the Bible as a jigsaw puzzle. We have one part of a thought in
one place--Paul wrote it. Another piece written by John, another by Peter, another
spoken by Jesus. We've got pieces in the Old Testament from Isaiah, Jeremiah,
Elijah. Things in Genesis, Deuteronomy, Ruth, 1 Samuel, Judges, all through the
Bible. You're not going to pick one verse from one book of the Bible and find God's
complete will on the subject, especially when you didn't even pray about it. I used to
think like that, until I learned to analyze, compare and pray, and pray in tongues.
So, your will does matter to God and does, in fact, make a difference when
you pray, if John 15:7 is very active in your life. Why? Because when it is, your will
and God's will are one will.