In the Bible we find many instances that clearly show us the will of God. We do not have to pray about these constants. We simply need to obey and apply them.
- Salvation: It is the will of God that people should be saved. Unsaved people often seek the will of God for various matters and find no answers. The salvation of a person is more important to God than finding His will for a specific situation. Thus, we must get right with God first, before asking Him for anything else. The very first question should be, “Am I saved?” The Lord is not slow in keeping His promise, as some understand slowness. He is patient with you not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance. (2 Peter 3:9). This does not mean that God will never answer an unsaved person, but God’s answers will always lead us to salvation and reconciliation with Him. God often answers the prayers of the unsaved, but His goodness towards us is always first and foremost that we be saved.
- Love everyone: It is God’s will that we should love everybody (also the unsaved). …Love your neighbour as yourself. (Matthew 22:39). It is God’s will that we should do good works.
Ephesians 2:10: For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works which God prepared in advance for us to do.
- Spiritual growth: It is God’s will that we should grow spiritually. 2 Peter 1:5-7: For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness, love. Growing spiritually often includes facing resistance, suffering and temptation. Not only so, but we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out His love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit whom He has given us. (Romans 5:3-5).
- Submit to authority: It is the will of God that we should submit ourselves to the authorities. Romans 13:1: Everyone must submit himself to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. God has established the authorities that exist. However, if those in authority try to force us to commit evil or deny Christ, we cannot submit.
- Be filled with the Holy Spirit: It is God’s will that we should be filled with the Holy Spirit, follow Him and not indulge in selfish desires. Ephesians 5:18: Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit. Too many Christians want to live and do the work of God without being filled with the Holy Spirit.
- The poor and needy: It is God’s will that we should protect the rights of the poor and have mercy on the oppressed. Defend the cause of the weak and fatherless; maintain the rights of the poor and oppressed. Rescue the weak and needy; deliver them from the hand of the wicked. (Psalm 82:3-4).
- Forgiveness and reconciliation: It is God’s will that we should forgive those who have offended us and truly love them. But love your enemies, do good to them and lend to them without expecting to get anything back. Then your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High because He is kind to the ungrateful and wicked. Be merciful just as your Father is merciful. (Luke 6:32-36). Reconciliation: The will of God is always reconciliation, restoration and healing of relationships. …God… gave us the ministry of reconciliation… (2 Corinthians 5:18).
- Contentment: It is God’s will that we should be satisfied (contented) with what we have and not yearn for more earthly wealth, riches and possessions. But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that. People who want to get rich fall into temptation… (1 Timothy 6:8-10).
- Sanctification: Your sanctification is the will of God. In 1 Thessalonians 4:3 we read, “It is God’s will that you should be sanctified.” Anything that prevents you from living a holy life or which hinders your dedication to God is not God’s will. Any decision you take that will adversely affect your sanctification is not the will of God, and it will make it difficult for you to hear God’s voice.
- Worship and intercession: When we read the Psalms, we see that worship is the breath of being a Christian. Scriptures, such as Ezekiel 22:30, Isaiah 59:16, Romans 8:26-27 and Acts 6:4 show us clearly that intercessory prayer is an integral and important part of the life of every We do not find any reference in the Scriptures to the gift of intercession. Intercession is the responsibility of every believer.
Article was taken from “Knowing the will of God” by Bennie Mostert