The Second Step of Divine Guidance
“Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done…” (Matthew 6:9)
A second step that will lead us into the will of God is perhaps the most important base we need to touch when we are seeking divine guidance. The bottom line is that God will not reveal His will to people who are not going to do it when He reveals it to them.
When Jesus taught His disciples how to pray, He taught them to pray, “Thy will be done.” When Jesus showed His disciples how to pray He sweat drops of blood as He prayed, “Not My will, but Your will be done” (Matthew 6:10; 26:39; Luke 22:42-44). In John 7:17, Jesus gives us a principle that shows us how we can know His teaching is the teaching of God. This principle also applies when we are seeking to know the will of God. The principle is simply this: If any man wills to do, he will know.
God has placed in our hands a key that can unlock His will for our lives. According to Jesus and Paul, knowing the will of God for our lives does not have to be difficult or complex. God does not deliberately complicate or obscure His will. The difficulty is not the will of God, but your will and my will. As Paul tells us how we can know “the good, acceptable and perfect will of God,” he begins his prescription for knowing God’s will by telling us to throw our hands up and offer an unconditional surrender of our will to the will of God (Romans 12:1, 2). The unconditional surrender of our will to the will of God will make our quest to know His will significantly less complicated.