During the last two Sunday evening Bible classes, we have been studying the much neglected doctrine of prayer. One important thing mentioned in our study was that we should pray according to God’s will. The question arose as to how exactly do we pray according to God’s will. There are two parts of God’s will, the revealed will and the secret will. For example, we can pray according to God’s revealed will by not praying for things he specifically forbids in Scripture or praying for something that would cause others to stumble. But the questions of praying according to God’s will mostly focused on His secret will as we do not know what his plans for us tomorrow are.

Praying

To this, I suggested that we pray for wisdom in dealing with whatever tomorrow brings and, should we suffer for Christ, to give us patience and prolong our faith. What is more precious than the comfort of a child in a loving Father’s arms? Christ prayed that the “bitter cup” be removed from him three times (Matthew 26:29-44) but always ended with “Nevertheless, not as I will, but you will” (ESV). As God holds the future, how will he be using us? This is an exciting thought but, at the same time, fearsome. Will we be prepared when the time comes? Will we be awake and prepared with oil for our lamps, or will we be caught off-guard as in the parable of the 10 virgins (Matt 25). This should be foremost in all our prayers, that our hands never grow idle and our preparation never cease.

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