How Can You Know the Will of God? | Cru
Some aspects of God’s will are clearly stated in the Bible, while others, such as when is the best time to buy a house or whether you should return to school, are not. Instead, God wants you to be persistent in seeking His guidance.
What Is God’s Will?
When the Bible refers to God’s will, it usually means either God’s sovereign will or God’s prescriptive will.
God’s sovereign will
In times of doubt, remember God’s permanent will that once you become a child of God, nothing will be able to separate you from His love. Paul says, “I am convinced that nothing will be able to separate us from God’s love” (Romans 8:38-39, New International Version).
God’s prescriptive will
God has given His people many commands, but He also gives them the option of obeying or disobeying them. When you know God’s will, you can choose to obey or disobey Him, but God remains in control. Our disobedience cannot derail His plan.
The Holy Spirit Is Your Guide
After Jesus rose from the dead, He appeared to His closest followers and gave them the ultimate gift and source of guidance: the Holy Spirit, who tells you what He hears from God and makes it known to you. This understanding is the foundation for six guiding principles for knowing God’s will for your life.
How to Seek God’s Will: Six Principles
There are many ways to seek God’s will; the best thing to do is to use several methods and look for common ground among them. It can be dangerous to make a decision based on one principle you strongly believe in while ignoring the other five. Think about the big picture as you work through your options.
1. Surrender your personal desires
Don’t mistake your own thoughts, desires, or plans for God’s voice as you seek God’s will; learning to surrender your desire to please others can help you make better decisions in God’s name.
2. Meditate on God’s Word
As you read Scripture, you will gain a better understanding of God’s character and be better able to discern what He desires. When you come across a relevant verse, read the verses around it or the rest of the chapter for context. Avoid the temptation to open the Bible at random and expect to find the answer.
3. Spend focused time in prayer
Turn to God in prayer and ask Him what He wants you to do; He will gladly tell you, as He always has plenty of wisdom to give.
4. Seek other people’s advice
Talk to your mentors, parents, friends, pastors, or church leaders about what they think you should do. Don’t let someone else make your decision for you; they may have biases of their own clouding their vision, even if they are strong Christians.
5. Consider your circumstances
God, not circumstances, should guide your decision-making, but God may use events to point you in the right direction. Just because a door is open doesn’t mean God wants you to walk through it all of the time.
6. Think through your decision logically
Because the Holy Spirit can influence your emotions as well as your mind, using reason or a pros and cons list is not unspiritual. It’s also important to apply your reason in accordance with God’s values rather than those of our culture.
Look at the Big Picture
Move forward in prayer, trusting God to guide you along the way. You may need to make a decision before you see a clear pattern, but if you are truly seeking God’s will, He will guide you, whether you realize it or not.
Taking Action and Responding to God
Take a deep breath and remember that God is in charge. Philippians 2:13 (NLT) says, “For God is working in you, giving you the desire and power to do what pleases him.”
How does God reveal His will to us?
God’s will is sometimes very clear ( Micah 6:8). God has revealed his plan and purpose to humans since ancient times, and we can read about it all over the Bible. His Word reveals everything we need to know.
What does it mean to pray in God’s will?
Praying for God’s will to be done in and through our lives on earth, as it is in heaven, means we are willing to go through whatever it takes to make that purpose a reality; our prayer is to be so aligned with God’s will and purpose that we ask God to empower us to carry it out.
How do I pray for God’s will?
I praise your holy name, Lord, and I pray for your will to be done in my life and in this world, for your way to rule here on earth as it does in heaven; I’m not in charge, Lord; you are, despite how difficult it is for me to admit and accept.
Does God answer prayers according to his will?
The truth is that God is under no obligation to respond to any man’s prayer; however, because believers don’t always know how to pray, the Holy Spirit prays u201cfor the saints according to God’s willu201d (Romans 8:26-27).
How does God speak to us?
God has communicated with humanity throughout history by speaking audibly to humans, by speaking to us through the glory of His creation, by speaking to us through His Holy Spirit, and by speaking to us through dreams, visions, and our thoughts.
Why does God want to reveal himself to us?
God wants us to know him more deeply than just that he exists, so he began telling people about himself in Jesus, and he inspires his Church and her Sacred Tradition to help us remember who God is and what he has done for us.
What form of prayer that recognizes most immediately that God is God?
Adoration/Blessing Praise is a type of prayer that acknowledges that God is God right away; it lauds God for his own sake and gives Him glory, not for what He does, but simply because He is. The word “blessing” has a variety of meanings in sacred writings in its broadest sense.
How do I know when my prayer is answered?
God Is Answering Your Prayers in 4 Ways
- God Answers Your Prayers Through Scripture. God always speaks through His word.
- God Answers Your Prayers Through Others.
- God May Answer Your Prayers Audibly.
How do I know if I am following God’s will?
Taking time each day to devote yourself to the Lord and the plans He has for your life is one way to know that you are following God’s plan for your life. If you give each area of your life to God, He will bless it and be able to work through it abundantly.
What is a good prayer for healing?
Loved God, I pray that you will comfort me in my suffering, strengthen the hands of my healers, and bless the methods used to cure me; give me such faith in the power of your grace that I may put my complete trust in you even when I am afraid; through our Savior Jesus Christ, Amen.
What is God’s permissive will and perfect will?
The permissible will of God is what God allows; however, just because God allows something doesn’t mean it’s His will. The perfect will of God is God’s divine plan for your life: who you should marry, what career or ministry you should pursue, and so on.
What is God’s will in my life?
Stop thinking of God’s will for your life as a separate plan from his will for his kingdom (Dan 2:44), his glorification (1 Cor 10:31), and the salvation and sanctification of his children through his son, Jesus Christ (2 Peter 3:9).
Does God not answer prayers?
Takeaway: God always answers prayers, even when the answer is no; we don’t always get what we want because God wants us to be self-sufficient; rather than using God as a crutch, he wants to know if we still have faith even when he doesn’t give us what we want.
Why does God want us to pray?
God’s desire, according to the book of Ephesians, is for us to pray “on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests” (Ephesians 6:18). We turn to prayer because it is the most personal way to experience God, encounter Him, and grow in knowledge of Him.