Romans 12: 1-2. God reveals His will to us by His word. The will of God is revealed in the word of God. Over and over again we find specific statements which tell us what God’s gracious will is.
First, we know it is God’s will for our unconverted loved ones to be convicted of their sin. How do we know this? We know it because of the words of Jesus Himself. John 16:7-11 “and when He is come, He will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment.” God will convict and convince those for whom you pray of their desperate need of the savior, and He will answer your prayer. Many are not convicted because we do not pray. God has all our attention.
Secondly, we know it’s God’s will when we ask for the salvation of any man. Paul told the church at Thessalonica, “This is the will of God.” In 1 Timothy 2:1-4, “For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our savior; who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth. O beloved the loving heart of God yearns for the salvation of men and women. He loves you all the time.”
Thirdly, we know God’s will when we ask for the sanctification of his people. The apostle Paul wrote to the church of Thessalonica: “This is the will of God, even your sanctification.” (1 Thess. 4:3) Now link up this verse with 1 John 5:14-15, where he says, “and this is the confidence that we have in him, that if we ask any thing according to his will he heareth us: and if we know that he hears us, whatsoever we ask we know that we have the petitions that we desire of him.” So you will realize God has heard your prayer when you have prayed for the sanctification of His people.
In these uncertain times we know fourthly, it is God’s will to give us wisdom when we ask for it. We know this because James was inspired to write in James 1:5, “If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth, to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.” I pray God will use us to be a blessing to you.
I also believe it is God’s will for us to pray for laborers. We know this because Jesus, who was “moved with compassion” when he saw the multitudes, exhorted his disciples to “pray ye therefore, the Lord of the harvest, that He will send forth labourers into his harvest.” (Matt. 9: 36-38) We must have compassion or there will be no conviction. Could that be our problem? No compassion? May each of us pray for the will of God to be done in us, during the days of coronavirus and COVID-19.
Cecil Sturgill is pastor at Tabernacle Baptist Church in Kingsport.