Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will. Romans 12:2
Jesus prays for God’s will to be done, not just in heaven but here and now on earth. God’s will may seem like a mystery or puzzle we try to figure out all our lives. But it’s not. God’s will isn’t a hidden path but one lighted by his Word (Psalm 119:105).
God’s Word speaks clearly about his will. Paul teaches we live out God’s will as we pray and give thanks in every situation (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18). Scripture reveals God’s desire for us to “act justly, love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God” (Micah 6:8). The author of Hebrews reminds us God has spoken to us through his son Jesus (Hebrews 1:2). We see God’s will modeled in the life and words of Jesus in the Gospel accounts of his life.
Our culture often contradicts God’s Word and his will. The Apostle Paul urges us to not be conformed by the world around us but to be renewed by God (Romans 12:2). We are conformed by the world when turn to our newsfeeds, social media or conversations with others to form our opinions and feelings. But when we read, study and internalize God’s Word—God shapes and molds us instead. Watch this video clip as Pastor Aaron Buer shares the importance of being renewed by the Word.
IN YOUR CHAIR TIME TODAY
Pause as you pray “your will be done” today. Recommit to living out God’s will by studying his Word through weekend services (The Row), discussing it in a small group (The Circle) and a daily time reading it (The Chair).
40 DAYS OF PRAYER
Join us for 40 DAYS OF PRAYER where all of us will find a quiet space and slowly read The Lord’s Prayer. May forty days of praying like Jesus prayed, and desiring what Jesus wanted, make a big difference in our hearts and our communities.
THE LORD’S PRAYER
Our Father, who art in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our debts,
as we forgive our debtors.
And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.
For yours is the kingdom,
and the power, and the glory,
NEW TESTAMENT READING PLAN
Join us this year as we read through the New Testament.
Today’s reading is John 16.
Download a printable PDF of the BTW week here.