314 God’s Will

“I urge you, brothers, by our Lord Jesus Christ and by the love of the Spirit, to join me in my struggle by praying to God for me. Pray that I may be rescued from the unbelievers in Judea and that my service in Jerusalem may be acceptable to the saints there, so that by God’s will I may come to you with joy and together with you be refreshed” (Romans15:30-32).

This is Paul, perhaps the greatest Christian we know about, yet in this case his plans did not work out and his prayers weren’t answered. He encountered much opposition in Judea and he never did get to Spain where he intended to go via Rome (vv23,24). That is scary for us, Lord.

Sometimes believers add the words, “If it be Your will” to their prayers. Should we always do that? I’ve heard the criticism that this shows a lack of faith.

The words don’t need to be said but they imply a trust in Me that is greater than your own understanding. A submissive attitude of the heart, and a willingness to trust Me no matter how things turn out are the true marks of faith. Learn from My Son who trusted Me implicitly and said, “Your will be done”.

And did I not rescue Paul from those who wished to kill him in Judea? And did he not get to Rome to spend time with the believers there which was the deep desire of his heart? My ways are not your ways (Isaiah 55:8) but they are the right way! When you look back and see it all you will not wish it had been different.

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