Giving Your Will to God

“Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God, this is your spiritual act of worship.  Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.  Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is, his good, pleasing and perfect will.”  Romans 12:1-2 (NIV 1984)

January 11 – Giving Your Will to God

Begin your time with God in prayer.

Praise God for who He is.  Confess any sin so that nothing blocks your fellowship with Him.  Ask God to use the Spirit and the Word to transform your life.

Let God’s Word penetrate your head and your heart.

Read Romans 12:1-2 out loud.  It’s our verse of the year and we want to learn it.

Jesus went out as usual to the Mount of Olives, and his disciples followed him.  On reaching the place, He said to them, "Pray that you will not fall into temptation."  He withdrew about a stone's throw beyond them, knelt down and prayed, "Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done."  Luke 22:39-42

Jesus was about to be arrested and crucified.  Knowing what was ahead, He asked his Father to take it from Him.  Then, He surrendered to the will of the Father.  This is a great example for our lives.  As we journey with God, we need to talk to Him about what is ahead in our lives, what we want and don’t want.  Then, we need to surrender it all to God and His will.  It is only as we walk in the path of God’s will that we will see the transformation we so badly want and need.

Apply God’s Word to your life.

In what ways are your struggling to do God’s will?

Take a few minutes and talk to God about them.  Be completely open.  If Jesus could ask God to take away going to the cross, you can ask God anything.

In spite of your fears, your needs, and your wants, what does God Word say is His will in your situation?

Ask God for the faith to surrender to God’s will.

Father, I praise You that Your plans for my life good and perfect.  Please forgive me for all the times I insist on my will and not yours.  God, I surrender to Your will today.  Give me the strength to see it through.  Amen.

Related verses to meditate on:

"Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver."  2 Corinthians 9:7 

"Teach me to do your will, for you are my God; may your good Spirit lead me on level ground."  Psalm 143:10 

“This, then, is how you should pray: Our Father in heaven, Hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.”  Matthew 6:9-11


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