Praying for God’s Will in Your Life
One way that we can find and follow God’s will for our life is through His Word. I am so glad that the Apostle Paul wrote down prayers that he prayed for the believers in Ephesus, Colossae, Philippi, etc. These prayers serve as examples of how we can pray for ourselves, so that we find and follow the will of God.
Let’s just look at one of these prayers: Colossians 1:9-10 (NKJV)
9 For this reason we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to ask that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding;
10 that you may walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing Him, being fruitful in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God.
This prayer is simple but powerful. You are to ask to be FILLED with the KNOWLEDGE of… what? HIS WILL. But it doesn’t stop there; it continues asking that you would know His will with ALL WISDOM and SPIRITUAL UNDERSTANDING. It is one thing to know God’s will regarding a situation, but when you have wisdom about it and then spiritual understanding, it makes you aware of all you need to do regarding His will.
Verse 10 tells you why you need to do this: so that you would walk worthy of the Lord and be fruitful. According to John 15:16, you were ordained to bear fruit. It is why you are a branch connected to the Vine. Well, in order to bear fruit, you are going to have to be filled with His will and have wisdom and spiritual understanding regarding His will.
I encourage you to prayer this prayer for yourself. Not just this prayer but other prayers you find in the Epistles. God wants you to be a fruit-bearing Christian — and to do that, you want to walk in His will.
Another way to pray regarding God’s will for your life is to pray in other tongues.
I Corinthians 14:2 says that when you speak in other tongues you speak mysteries. Jude 20 tells us you build yourself up. That word build, means to build the whole house.
Whey you pray in other tongues, you pray about all the things God is interested in regarding your life. He knows the future and He can have you pray about things 5 years down the road that you have no clue about. It may be a mystery to you right now, but not to God.
You also build yourself (your whole house) up. Every part of your life that needs adjusting, God can have you pray about that when you pray in other tongues. He can help you build out every room of your life so that you walk in His will and ways.
If you listen to our RHEMA founder, Brother Hagin, he credits praying in other tongues and praying the Epistle prayers as a significant part of why he was able to finish his race!
Don’t neglect either of these ways to pray and you will find and follow God’s plan and purposes for your life.