For I know the Plans I have for you, declares the Lord, to give you a future and a hope. Jeremiah 29: 11
There were many times in my life where I stood before my bed, praying to God, with a heart full of deep desires, and with tears welled up in my eyes, and all that I could utter before God was “Lord, Let Your will be done.”
In those moments I felt partially desperate and helpless, because I could not see what the outcome would be of my situations. I realized that this is not a very easy thing to ask of God, purely because I might not be ready for what He has planned to resolve my situation. The more I tried to wrap my head around these words, I noticed there were days and times where praying this prayer was the most difficult thing to do. James 4:2-3 says: “2 You desire but do not have, so you kill. You covet but you cannot get what you want, so you quarrel and fight. You do not have because you do not ask God. 3 When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures.”
See, this verse caused an internal battle within me because I have never made lists of what I desire, and want to ask of God to add onto my life, purely because God knows, it is just not who I am in my relationship with Him, and I also had the fear of what I am about to ask is just simply not what God has planned for me, but here I sit with a heart overwhelmed by what I face and I have no solution or a way out. Then the Holy Spirit introduced me to the part in the Word of God, where Jesus taught His disciples the perfect prayer, and my soul somehow just clung onto this scripture and has become such a part of who I believe I am in Christ. Suddenly there were days where I just felt the boldness of God overwhelming my heart and situation and that there was nothing better to ask for.
Praying the Will of God over my life has taught me a lot about who God is, and who I am in Christ. I have never been more convinced that He knows me by Name, because He is my creator. He sees my every move. I know He thinks of me, and that He is with me, no matter where I find myself. I’ve learned that God will fight for me, in every battle, because He is Good and sovereign. Jeremiah 29:11 has been imprinted in my heart because it has lifted such a heavy burden off, of me, and I truly found freedom in Christ, knowing that His merciful hand is over my life, my whole world.
There are two things that you agree to when you pray the will of God over your life or. Firstly, you understand and agree that God knows best as to what you would need, and that you might ask the wrong things or answers of God. (That is also why His word advises us to pray in our heavenly tongues because the Spirit is the best translator and intercessor. “In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans” (Romans 8:26). Therefore you choose to lay your life down at His feet, in total surrender, so that He can intervene and save you from despair. Secondly, you choose to embrace God’s saving hand in your life and situation, and find peace in Him, understanding that this is exactly what you needed in your life. Because He knows your EVERY desire in your heart and considers it in all that He does. He is, after all, our loving and caring Father, and His will is perfect in every way. Matthew 6:26 “26 Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?”
I know that praying His will over your life can be scary because our preconception of what the result should be is not always the same as what God has planned. But I had to train my spirit to accept His will because He promised me that He will work all things together for my good. So, be encouraged to push your level of faith in God this year, and allow His will to reign over your life, find peace in His ways, and be content in Christ with whom everything starts and ends. Understand that It is a journey, and your strength will arise more each time you pray this prayer. It will become an easier prayer as your faith grows. Let this be the Year of God’s will and providence in your, and your family’s lives.
“Lord let your will be done in our lives, In Jesus Name, Amen!”