God’s Will vs. My Will

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God has a specific purpose, plan, and will for our lives. He knows what is best and He only wants the best for us. Sadly, as humans and sinners, we sometimes fail to accept and recognize God’s will for our lives. We usually can find ourselves planning our own lives instead of asking God to be the orchestrator. We should align our will with God’s and let Him direct our path.

Within God’s Word, the Bible, we find many references that He has a plan for our lives and wants us to allow Him to be in charge. In Matthew 6:9-13 Jesus teaches His disciples how to pray. This prayer is commonly know as the Lord’s Prayer. Beginning in verse 9,

“Pray, then in this way:

‘Our Father who is in heaven,

Hallowed be Your name.

‘Your kingdom come.

Your will be done,

On earth as it is in heaven.

‘Give us this day our daily bread.

‘And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.

‘And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from evil.

[For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.’]

Do you notice one specific aspect of the Lord’s Prayer? Jesus says that we, as His disciples, should pray that God’s will be done.

Sometimes it is hard to settle for God’s will. It might not always be what we would like or want. Ultimately, it is the right thing. We may not think so at the moment, but later on in life it will be clear that God’s will was the right way. God is perfect and He has a perfect plan for our lives. Another common Bible verse, Jeremiah 29:11 shares this: “For I know the plans that I have for you,’ declares the LORD, ‘plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope.” God has plans for our lives! He has plans to prosper us and give us a future with hope! Isn’t that amazing!?

Every morning when I wake up or before I leave my house, I quote and proclaim that “This is the day that the LORD has made; I will rejoice and be glad in it” -Psalm 118:24. I also say a prayer asking that God’s will be done in my life. I pray and ask God to guide my decisions, words, actions, and ultimately my whole life. I want His will to be done in my life, not my own.

Today I encourage you to pray to our Heavenly Father, and ask that His will be done in your life. Even when His will might not be what you would like, it is the perfect plan for your life. Are you willing to accept and follow God’s will for your life instead of your own?

-Brenan Dominguez

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