According to His will

1 John 5--14-15

From 1 John 5:14-15 (KJV) comes the Verse of the Day for May 2, 2016:

And this is the confidence that we have in him that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us: And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him.

Here is the passage from the Amplified Bible:

1 John 5:14-15

This is the [remarkable degree of] confidence which we [as believers are entitled to] have before Him: that if we ask anything according to His will, [that is, consistent with His plan and purpose] He hears us.

John 9:31 (NLT) also offers this reminder as to whom God responds as individuals pray:

We know that God doesn’t listen to sinners, but he is ready to hear those who worship him and do his will.

There is further encouragement to seek His will found in Proverbs 16:3

Commit your works to the Lord [submit and trust them to Him], And your plans will succeed [if you respond to His will and guidance].

The reference to “His will” brings to mind a series of posts on the Will of God. One of the entries expressed my desire “To find, to know, and to do the will of God.” From that post come some of the following comments:

Throughout the Psalms and elsewhere in the Bible we find encouragement to do the will of God:

Psalm 40:8 (NLT):

I take joy in doing your will, my God, for your instructions are written on my heart.”

Psalm 143:10 in the Amplified Bible reinforces this message:

Teach me to do Your will [so that I may please You],
For You are my God;
Let Your good Spirit lead me on level ground.

Since a child, I have been endeavoring to discover the will of God for my life, as expressed in this poem:

The Will of God

To find the will of God is the greatest discovery.

To know the will of God is the greatest knowledge.

To do the will of God is the greatest achievement.

Albert Schweitzer

 

My food is to do the will of Him who sent me,

and to finish His work.

John 4:34 [NKJV]

                                                

To unearth at last the world’s most priceless treasure

And gaze upon the splendor of God’s sovereignty

Is to savor joy unspeakable beyond measure:

To find the will of God is the greatest discovery.

To know intimacy beyond the highest degree,

A confident assurance when I acknowledge

And embrace the path, the destiny, prepared for me:

To know the will of God is the greatest knowledge.

To live life, knowing I am covered by the Blood

Is to walk with no regret, never to lament,

For all decisions work together for the good:

To do the will of God is the greatest achievement.

Guided and protected by the Shepherd’s staff and rod,

I rejoice to find, to know and do the will of God.

Darius Brooks offers a passionate rendition of “Your Will,” one of my favorite songs focusing on the will of God:

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