Colossians 1:9 (KJV) “For this cause we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to desire that ye might be filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding”

Eric was a Nigerian student who had just finished his secondary school education. Having heard about doing the will of God, he prayed like this, “Lord Jesus, let your will be done in my life; the choice of my course of study and university to attend”. He, however, needed to have at least two choices for the course he intended to study and the university to attend since these were required by the examination board. After waiting for some time, the examination board released the admission list, fortunately, his name made the list. What he did not like however was the course he was offered. He began to wonder, “could this be God’s will for me?” So, he decided to pray. While praying, he fell into a trance where he saw a preacher teaching on today’s text. “Seek to know the will of God first, then insist on doing it,” the preacher said.

After the trance, he changed his prayer style and prayed like this, “Lord Jesus, please what is your will regarding my university education; the course to study and University to attend?” It did not take long before the answer came. By the next year, he was a university student and was sure he was doing God’s will.

Like Eric, many have sincerely prayed for the will of the Lord to be done in many situations, and after a long period of praying, they still didn’t know the will of God. If you’re in this category, you may wish to change your prayer from asking that God’s will be done to asking for what His will is.

Note that, before Jesus prayed “not my will, but Thine be done” (Luke 22:42), He already knew what God’s will was.

Go into today knowing that before praying for the will of God to be done, seek to know what His will is first. It is after you must have known what the will of God is that you can then insist on it being done.

Prayer: Ask the Lord to fill you with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding.

—Dr. Emmanuel James

Bible in One Year: Job 35-36 (In Devotional Audio)
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