Begin your time with God in prayer.
Begin your time with praise to God. Confess any sin that might be hindering your relationship with Him. Ask God to give you spiritual understanding as you spend time in His Word.
Let God’s Word penetrate your head and your heart.
In Luke 11, we learn that the disciples came to Jesus and asked Him to teach them to pray. There and in Matthew 6 we find the prayer Jesus used to teach them to pray.
“Pray then like this: ‘Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.’” Matthew 6:9-10
After Jesus began His prayer with praise, He followed by submitting Himself to God’s will. We see Jesus model this in the Garden of Gethsemane. He is about to be betrayed and delivered up to be crucified. Anticipating His separation from God, He prayed, “My soul is very sorrowful, even to death; remain here, and watch with me.” And going a little farther he fell on his face and prayed, saying, “My Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as you will.” Matthew 26:38-39
In Jeremiah 17:9, we learn that our hearts are deceitfully wicked. Because of that, we struggle with wanting God’s will. As we submit and surrender to the will of God in our prayers, we will gain victory over the battle of our will.
Apply God’s Word to your life.
Say a short prayer of praise to God.
Identify an area of your life in which you struggle with wanting God’s will
Tell God about your struggle and then surrender to God’s will by saying, “God, Your will, not mine.”
“Our Father 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 lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. Amen.”
Related verses to meditate on.
“I delight to do your will, O my God; your law is within my heart.” Psalm 40:8
“Teach me to do your will, for you are my God! Let your good Spirit lead me on level ground!” Psalm 143:10
“Worthy are you, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they existed and were created.” Revelation 4:11
Posted on Fri, January 9, 2015
by Sam Petitfils