Prayer Establishes Our Release to God
Living for God’s Will
Scripture Reading: 1 Peter 4:1-6
Key Verse: 1 Peter 4:2
As a result, he does not live the rest of his earthly life for evil human desires, but rather for the will of God.
When we daily pray: “Father, may your will be done in me,” will it cause us to ever sacrifice our wants and possibly suffer? The honest answer is yes, much like a physical trainer being honest and letting you know that to get in shape you will need to hurt a little along the way!
Doing the Father’s will in our lives means being done with the known sins of our lives! Being done with sin will cause the flesh part of you to suffer at times. Saying no to an appealing, flesh-satisfying, event or experience is not easy! The Bible never teaches that because it feels good it is sinful. We must not be extremists in that way, but often those “good feeling” experiences will come in conflict with what we know the will of God is for us! When that happens, someone is going to grieve—us or God’s Spirit in us! We must choose. If we choose to grieve the Holy Spirit too often, we can sear our conscience and find our spiritual condition in shambles!
Jesus, knowing all the above, told us to pray using the phrase: “may your will be done.” It is not that by repeating that phrase we will automatically live that phrase. It’s my experience, though, that repeating that phrase does remind me that I must choose to grieve in my flesh if I expect to live by God’s Spirit. There was great purpose in all of Jesus’ teachings. Don’t dismiss His model prayer as irrelevant.
Father, forgive me when I don’t take Jesus’ words as seriously as I ought to! I do want your will working daily in my life. In Jesus’ Name I pray, amen.