8 “... For your Father knows the things you have need of before you ask Him...."
Many times, when we are at a crossroad, or when we couldn’t breakthrough in our situations, we feel that we are at the bottle-neck. We become absorbed in our situations. Even when we Pray, we don’t know how to pray. And we have no faith to pray. We believe in God. But we can’t see the future. We don’t know what should our next step be. And we ask God, “Why am I in this situation?” We become lost and wonder what is God’s purpose for us, what is God’s will for us.
BUT our Father God is a good God. The bible says:
Our Father God knows the things we have in need of before we ask Him!
In Luke 11, while Jesus was praying, one of His disciples said to Him:
Luke 11: 1
… “Lord, teach us to pray, …”
So before Jesus taught the disciples how to pray, Jesus first gave them the assurance that Father God is a good God. He knows the things we have need of before we ask Him.
9 “In this manner, therefore, pray:
Our Father in heaven,
Hallowed be Your name,
10 Your Kingdom come.
Your will be done
On Earth as it is in heaven.”
Jesus wanted the disciples to focus on His kingdom. Our heavenly Father’s Kingdom. The Lord’s prayer started off with God’s Kingdom come, and ends off with His Kingdom in power and glory.
So what is the will of God? How can we know the will of God? How can we live out the will of God?
In Matthew 6:9-10, we can see a few things about the will of God:
- We can and we should pray about God’s will.
This is definite. That’s why Jesus mentioned it at the beginning of the Lord’s prayer after praising God’s name. And throughout the world, everybody recites this prayer. If there’s anything that unifies believers around the world, I believe it would be this prayer.
- The will of God is about the Kingdom of God
“Your kingdom come, Your will be done…”
When His Kingdom comes, His will be done. The will of God is very closely related to the coming of His Kingdom.
- The will of God can come on earth as it is in heaven
“Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven…”
In other words, the Kingdom of God can come on earth, and we will see it as if it is in heaven. It is almost like heaven on earth, if you can imagine.
So if we don’t feel that our life is like heaven on earth, it means we have to begin to seek the will of God once again.
Having life like heaven on earth is not just when you make a million dollars and you can live a life of luxury. Having life like heaven on earth is not only living without lack, or where everything is like a bed of roses. These are just things that God gives to us so that we know God is still with us. These things are really just a taste of heaven for us, given by God. It is the grace of God.
For me, having a life like heaven on earth is when you experience God every day. It is when you hear from God every day. It is when you have encounters with the Holy Spirit every moment.
Today, if you are not sure if you are in the will of God, I would like to encourage you that God is still woo-ing you back into His bossom. And be rest assured that Father God, knows very very well what you need, even before you ask Him.
So if you are so despaired and couldn't even pray, don't think that God doesn't know. You don't have to feel guilty about it. Start with simple steps to get close to God once again. If you can't pray, read the bible. If you can't read because you are so depressed, listen to hymns or praise and worship songs. If you can't do any of these things, close your eyes and think of the cross.
Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that You know of our needs even before we ask of You. Thank you Lord that we don't have to say much in order to get Your attention. Thank you Lord for Your love. I want to come close to You again. I want to experience You in my life once again. I want to hear from You once again. Reveal Your will to me as I come to You. Let me see what You have in stored for me today. Thank You Lord for Your mercy and kindness. I pray this in Jesus' name, Amen!