Praying and Doing God’s Will
When we pray for and do God’s will, he will do what we ask. The Word of God assures us that if we ask anything according to God’s will he will do it (1 John 5:14). But the Word also tells us that God wants us to be doers of the word and not hearers or people who just say prayers only (James 1:22; Luke 6:46).
However, when we pray for and do God’s will, he will not only answer our prayers; but God will be glorified in answering and we will be blessed. (1 Corinthians 10:31; Romans 8:28).
Daniel, in the Old Testament, prayed for and did the will of God. In answering, God glorified himself and blessed Daniel.
Daniel was a man of prayers. He learned to trust God by praying and doing what God desired. He prayed to God frequently. Daniel knew the Word of God. He obeyed the Lord. He preferred to face lions than to sever his relationship with the Lord. God saved him from a den of lions.
.Daniel also knew the will of God concerning his people Israel, who were in captivity in Babylon because of their sins against God. The Lord had promised through his prophet that after seventy years of captivity, he would deliver his people (Jeremiah 29:10-14). Knowing 70 years had passed, and believing in God’s Word, Daniel prayed for their deliverance (Daniel, chapter 9).
Recognizing that Israel had sinned, Daniel first prayed to God to forgiveness them for their sins. He followed this with praying that God would free his people from their captors. Biblical records show that God delivered Israel according to his word and as Daniel prayed.
Because Daniel obeyed and trust in God, he was “greatly beloved” by God. The Lord chose him to prophesy in details about the coming of the Messiah (Daniel 9:24-27). The New Testament shows that Jesus Christ, the Messianic Son of God came in fulfillment of this prophecy. According to words of the prophecy, when Jesus came, he set captives free from the power of sin (Luke 4:18; 2 Timothy 2:26; John 3:16).
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. prayed and was willing to lay down his life to do the will of God. The Lord glorified himself, and blessed Dr. King in allowing him to die as a martyr in doing what God wanted.
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., who said “I just want to do God’s will,” witnessed the power of God to answer his prayer. Believing it was God’s will for his people to be “nonviolent,” Dr. King led peaceful marches to protest injustices to the people of his race. God inspired people of many races to support the marches. The nonviolent demonstrations resulted in laws being changed that are more favorable to Afro-American citizens. Many Americans– black, white and others–give God the glory for the progress in brotherly love that was fostered by the changes that God brought about in response to Dr. kings prayers and peaceful actions.
Evangelist Franklin Graham has prayed and expressed a desire for God to use him in leading people of America back to God. The Lord has been using him.
Evangelist Graham has rallied people across the nation by using God’s own words:
If my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sins and will heal their land (2 Chronicles 7:14).
President-elect Donald Trump was inspired to invited Evangelist Franklin Graham to pray at the inauguration. Mr. Graham obeyed God in praying for God to guide the nation and the president (1 Timothy 2:2).
Evangelist Graham believes that it was “the God factor” in the presidential election that caused Donald Trump and Michael Pence to be elected to the White House. Mr. Graham believes they will listen to God. He feels they will act to “protect our religious liberties and allow opportunity to proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ.” People praying and responding to the gospel is what Evangelist Graham believes is necessary for them to turn away from sin and back to God.
What does God want you personally to do for him?
Daniel and many other people of God, in the past and present, have prayed and done what the Lord has wanted them to do. God has answered their prayers. Praying and doing what the Lord wants you to do personally should be your greatest desire. You should seek earnestly to allow the Lord to use his Almighty power to glorify himself through you. Some things that God wants to do through you in this life may not be seen or recognized by many. However, God sees and recognizes all that you do for him. The full measure of God’s recognition of what you do for him may not be seen until you get to heaven (Matthew 225:34-40).
If we do according to God’s will and pray, he will answer our prayer as he promises.
If we expect God to answer our prayers, we should be sure our individual relationships are right with him. The Word of God says if we have sin in our heart the Lord will not hear our prayers (Psalm 66:18; Isaiah 59:2). Even being “a man after God’s own heart,” David asked the Lord to “search me…and see if there be any wicked way in me.” And he went on to ask the Lord to lead him in God’s everlasting way of righteousness. (Psalm 139:23-24KJV).
If we have a right relationship with Jesus Christ and is doing what he wants, we can believe God will answer our prayers. You can be sure your fervent prayers as a righteousness person will avail much good for self and the salvation of others. Most importantly, praying and doing what God wants you to do will especially avail to glorify our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ (James 1:22; 1 Corinthians 10:31).
(Billy Graham’s Last Message to America)
(Charles Stanley—A Call to Prayer)
(Your Conviction About Prayer)
Key word: Will