by BJ Rudge, Ph.D.
Seeking God’s Will
God is looking for men and women who will inspire others. Those who will show, through the way they live, what it means to be totally committed to Jesus Christ regardless of the cost. This will only become a reality by those who devote themselves to prayer and Bible study.
An important principle for having a powerful and effective prayer life is to seek God’s will and not our own. This is taught by Jesus in the Lord’s Prayer:
“Your kingdom come. Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven” (Matthew 6:10).
In the Garden of Gethsemane Jesus prays in the following manner:
“Father, if You are willing, remove this cup from Me; yet not My will, but Yours be done” (Luke 22:42).
The essence of Jesus’ life reflects His willingness to humble Himself and submit to the will of His Father (see Philippians 2:5-11).
The apostle John reiterates that we should pray according to God’s will:
“This is the confidence that we have before Him, that, if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us” (1 John 5:14).
John could not have stated it more clearly: If we want God to hear our prayers, then we must seek God’s will and not our own. Our prayer lives will be ineffective if we approach God on our own terms and in accordance to our will. However, they will become powerful and effective if we humble ourselves before the Lord and submit to His will for our lives.
Praying the Promises
Praying the promises in God’s Word, having a powerful prayer life, and living by the truth and principles in the Bible are great ways to keep one’s life in submission to the Lord.
Excerpts from BJ’s E-book, Powerful and Effective Prayer, available free of charge at http://www.billrudge.org.