We pray to know what God’s will is. We say we want to be in God’s will. And I wonder, really? “If I just knew what God’s will for my life is, then things would be easier.” Again, really?
Jesus knew what God’s will for His life was. And for at least one moment in time the thought of it terrified Him so bad that He sweat tears of blood. And He wanted no part of it. “Father, if you are willing, remove this cup from me. Nevertheless, not my will, but yours, be done.” Luke 22:42
This was right before Jesus was beat beyond recognition and almost to death; before the 12 inch spikes were hammered into His feet and wrist; before the spear was driven into His side. Jesus was fully human and fully God so his hesitancy is understandable. And yet He was also fully innocent. He was about to endure these things out of no fault of His own. Because it was God’s will for His life.
It’s perfectly acceptable to pray to know God’s will for our lives. It’s altogether wrong to assume that it will be easy. It’s more logical to assume that life will become more difficult because at the point we begin following God’s will, we are no longer running with the Devil. We are at cross purposes with him and in his cross-hairs. But the worse thing we can do is discover it and back off from it. By doing so, we relinquish God’s plan to use us in this battle and the joy that comes with the victories.
Satan may be the prince of the world, but we are in Christ and He has overcome the world.