Monday, June 18, 2018

A Prayer for Seeking God's Will


By Andrea Merrell

“Hello. Nice to meet you. What do you do?”

Sound familiar? Why is it we always want to know what a person does as soon as we meet them. Are we nosy? Looking for something to say apart from the weather? Maybe it’s because we know deep down that God has a plan and purpose for each of us.

Looking back over a lifetime of numerous jobs and endeavors, I can remember answering that question in a variety of ways: student, wife, mother, secretary. Then later I would say grandmother, administrative assistant, teacher, author, editor. But no matter what I said, the bottom line was always child of God. I believed God had a calling for me, but for so many years I struggled to find it. Even though I was happy, there was always something missing in my life until God revealed my purpose and set me on the path He had prepared for me. 

For so many Christians, the concept of knowing God’s will seems mysterious and unattainable. What we fail to realize is that God never withholds His plans for us. He wants to reveal Himself to us, direct our steps, and lead us to our God-given destiny. When we pray, seek, and believe, He shows us the direction we should go at the perfect time and in the perfect way. Knowing and fulfilling our purpose on this earth is what brings peace and contentment and makes our life meaningful and productive.

Whether you’re a newbie, seasoned writer, editor, speaker, blogger, poet, media guru, marketing genius, or anything in between, if you’re serious about seeking God’s perfect will for your life, pray this beautiful prayer by pastor and author Bob Gass:

Lord, You knew me completely before I was born, and you shaped me and destined me for a purpose. Give me a clear vision of all You want to do in and through my life. I desperately need to understand what the hope of my calling is and the exceeding greatness of Your power to enable me to fulfill Your purpose. Show me the gifts you have put in me and how I can develop and use them for Your glory. Help me to think big and pray with boldness. I want to be open and available for whatever You have for me and not miss Your blessings by being unprepared to receive them. Help me not to hold on to things or relationships that are not of You. I want to do Your will with my whole heart. Only You know who and what is right for me. Help me to hear Your voice, and give me the grace and courage to follow Your leading when I am afraid. May the desires of Your heart become the desires of my heart. Enlarge my capacity to believe that You can take what I have and multiply it beyond what I can imagine. In Jesus’ name, amen.

No matter where you are in your journey, God has a plan for you. He has placed gifts, talents, and abilities within you. Trust Him. Seek Him. Follow Him. He will light the way before you and direct your steps.

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