You know what I like to do? Pray for God’s will.
I pray for God’s will all the time about, well, almost everything. When I am registering for classes, contemplating relationships or even just taking a test. For a while I was starting to think I was a pretty good Christian, after all, I was getting pretty good at saying “Lord, your will, not mine.”
Don’t get me wrong, praying for God’s will is great. I think that praying for God’s will has made a great impact in my life and that I’m where I am today (which is a pretty dang sweet place) because God has opened the doors for me to get here. When I’m praying for God’s will, I mean it.
But for a long time I’ve treated God’s will as a destination, something I was searching for.
The more I learn about God and the way he has called us to live, the more I understand that God’s will is more than that.
It’s something we listen for. It’s something we learn. It’s the way we live our day to day life.
God’s will is more than who we are going to marry or what city we live in. God’s will is choosing to serve on a Thursday afternoon. The “plan for us to prosper” isn’t just a happy ending, it’s a reputation that we develop as we work to be more like Christ.
In Philippians 1:9-11 it says
“And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ—to the glory and praise of God.”
By following God and learning more about what He thinks is just for our lives, we are able to discover his day to day will. By following the One who created the will, we are able to make the choices that lead us to the right cross roads. Through acts of love, justice and mercy we are able to live lives that bring glory to God.
We can’t just ask for the destination, we have to follow the Leader and the directions He gives us.
So as this semester heats up and we are moving towards another time of transition, decision making and crossroads, I pray that we’ll seek God’s instructions. Not only for the big picture, but also for routine. Then we are able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless.
So that our lives are filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ. So that our lives bring glory and praise to God.