Matthew 6:10 God’s Will Be Done

Your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Matthew 6:10

Every person has many thoughts as to what should or should not happen. Most often these thoughts are dealing with their own personal lives. Others have thoughts about situations that they know about and often don’t have any control over.

The common factor in choosing or desiring what should occur is how much the action effects the individual with the thoughts. The more it affects the individual, the more he wants it done his way, rather than some other way.

During His teaching on how to pray, Jesus told the disciples to pray that God’s will be done here on this earth in the same way it is done in heaven.

One of the most important things that occur when someone chooses to follow Jesus, is that he allows God to be in total control. In order for one to follow Jesus he must be willing to deny self and allow Him to lead the way. It becomes all about Jesus and His kingdom, not self.

Having it all about God is best because God knows what is best for every person involved. An individual may think he knows what is best for a situation, but it is God’s way that is truly best. When the believer realizes this, he will pray as Jesus taught, that God’s will be done, not his own personal desires.

The believer must be willing to ask God for anything, but at the same time, be willing to let God make the final call. Too many people get upset when God does not do it their way. They must remember that it is not all about them and their desires, but about God and His kingdom. God works in ways that is best for everyone.

You may be praying to God about some situation in your life and have a desire for a certain outcome. There is nothing wrong with that desire, but be willing to let God be in control and have His way be done. God will work the situation in a way that will be the perfect way for you and everyone else.

This action of God’s may or may not appear good right now, but you must know in your heart that it is the best. Seek and pray that it is always God’s desire that occurs in every situation in your life and on this earth.

Today I pray that you will seek God in prayer every day; that you will seek God’s desire in your life; that you will allow God to be in total control; and that you will do what God wants of you in every situation.

Isaiah 56:11 Seeking Self Gain

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They are dogs with mighty appetites; they never have enough. They are shepherds who lack understanding; they all turn to their own way, they seek their own gain. Isaiah 56:11 

Gain of something more is what people usually desire. They desire greater wealth, larger bank accounts, higher position, more things, and the list goes on. Nearly all of these things and much more are desired for self.

People look to their own ways to get as much as possible. There can never be enough of anything as long as there is more out there to be had.

This type of greed is found in little children all the way up to senior adults. It is promoted in tv shows, movies, advertisements and music. The desire for more is everywhere.

Isaiah calls out the watchmen of Israel for being greedy with a great appetite for more. Everything that they did was out of selfish gain.

Sadly this selfish desires is found even inside the church. There are many who seek their own ways to gain what they want for themselves, rather than seeking out the good for others. The seek position, title, power, or recognition in the ministries that they do, rather than just seeking God’s will and desire.

Jesus did not act in this way. He left heaven and His God-head to live as a man on this earth. He not only left all of that behind, He also laid down His life in a painful way to bring salvation to everyone. The focus of Jesus was not selfish but for the good of others.

Every believer is to first focus on what God wants. This puts self on the back burner and puts God first. Then as one is seeking God’s will, he will also put others before Himself. Believers are to be focused on building God’s kingdom, not their own kingdom.

As you go through your day, what is your focus on? God’s top two focuses are on you loving Him and building His kingdom.

These two things are not about self, but about God and others. You are a watchman, just as the Israelites were. You have a job to watch out for the coming of the Lord’s return. As you do this, you need to warn others about His soon coming.

Being a witness for Jesus does not allow you to be selfish or to seek your own gain. It is only about building others up. Instead of seeking your own way, seek God’s today.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will have a vision of God’s mission for you to reach the lost; that you will seek to build God’s kingdom; and that you will be a watchman warning of the return of Jesus.

Psalm 86:11 Seek An Undivided Heart

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Teach me your way, Lord, that I may rely on your faithfulness; give me an undivided heart, that I may fear your name. Psalm 86:11 

In today’s societies very few people have an undivided heart. They seek many different things at the same time. Often they are loyal to something for a moment, then a few days later they drop that loyalty and begin to be loyal to something else.

Fads come and go constantly with change. These can be found in things people do, play with, listen to, or use. What is popular today, becomes old tomorrow because of divided hearts.

People struggle with what they really want to aim for. They want a little bit of everything and often end up with nothing, because they are divided in their loyalties.

David wanted God to teach him His way, so that he would be able to know and rely upon God’s great faithfulness. He wanted to have a undivided heart that would be fully dedicated to God and God alone.

While the world struggles with divided hearts, many believers also struggle. They struggle with whether to fight for things to provide for themselves and have fun, or to follow and trust in God alone for what they need.

The sinful nature rises up inside of many, causing them to want to go back to old sinful ways. Seeking to find success, or pleasure in sinful ways, rather than seeking purpose and life in God and His ways alone. Going back and forth like this, causes a divided heart.

A divided heart make a person lukewarm, whom God will in the end reject. The believer needs to be sold out to God alone and focused on serving Him alone. There cannot be two masters, but only one–God.

Examine your life and see where your loyalty lies. What is it that you are focused on a aiming towards? Seek to know God and His way for your life. Trust in His faithfulness alone.

As you find satisfaction in serving God, you will be able to live for God alone. In living for God alone, you will no longer have a divided heart that goes back to the old sinful ways. Temptation to live in sin will lose its grip upon you when you are sold-out to God alone. 

Ask God to reveal His faithfulness to you and to give you an undivided heart that will be loyal to Him.

I pray today that you will know the faithfulness of God; that God will reveal His path for your life; that you will trust in God alone; that you will have a heart sold out to God; and that God will give you an undivided heart.