Pray in accordance to His will

 

1 John 5:14 “And this is the confidence that we have toward him, that if we ask anything according to his will he hears us.”

To “pray according to his will” simply means to pray following the plans that God has laid out for us in his word. Ephesians 5:15-17 “Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is.”

As long as we do so, God will hear our prayer. Think back to your prayers this last week, have you prayed in accordance to His will? If not, what changes will you make to the way you pray?

A personal relationship with God

 

In Hebrews, “draw near” is frequently used to mean approaching God. Such an act requires one’s sins are forgiven through the sacrificial and an intermediary, such as a high priest.

 

Fortunately, as Christians, we have the privilege of a personal relationship with God. We are free to approach and be personal with Him through the death of his Son Christ Jesus. We should not doubt our relationship with Him. With confidence and without shame, we will receive mercy and grace in our times of need.

 

Have there been things you haven’t spoken to God about recently? Be it due to shame or guilt? Or even because you feel it is too insignificant to pray about? This verse tells us to bring all these to God in our prayers, to treat is as a most personal relationship in our lives,

Work for the Lord

 

Do you find it easy to work wholeheartedly 100% of the time? Work can often be stressful, tiring and frustrating since we work for and with other imperfect, sinful humans.

 

It was not always this way, however. Genesis 17-19:

And to Adam he said,

“Because you have listened to the voice of your wife
and have eaten of the tree
of which I commanded you,
‘You shall not eat of it,’
cursed is the ground because of you;
in pain you shall eat of it all the days of your life;
thorns and thistles it shall bring forth for you;
and you shall eat the plants of the field.
 By the sweat of your face
you shall eat bread,
till you return to the ground,
for out of it you were taken;
for you are dust,
and to dust, you shall return.”

Work is cursed by God to be a form of suffering for us due to sin.

 

Paul tells us not to work for ourselves and other men, but work instead for God. Knowing that in the end our eternal inheritance will be granted by Him and no one else.

Earlier in Colossians 3:17, Paul instructs us to “And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.”

As we work, we should remember that we don’t just work for ourselves or for our companies, but as Christians our work and our attitude toward it are opportunities for us to Glorify God, as we should in everything we do.