(The following is a prayer and an exhortation taken from a recent service at BBC.)
Almighty God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
We bless Thee as the One, True and Living God. Thou doest according to Thy own will in the armies of heaven and among the inhabitants of the earth, so that none can stay Thy hand or question Thy prerogative. Thou alone hast immortality and Thou doest dwell in unapproachable light.
That Light is the effulgent radiance of Thy own Son, who eternally exists as the brightness of Thy glory, giving life and light to the whole of creation.
We confess that we once loathed the light and loved the darkness because our deeds were evil, the god of this world having blinded our minds. We were the Sons of Disobedience and were by nature the Children of Wrath. Then Thou didst speak to us in our darkness and the Sun of Righteousness arose in our hearts, with healing in His wings. Light came into the world and the darkness could not overcome it! This is the power of Thy glorious gospel.
We gather today as Children of Light and joyful recipients of the good news. This news declares to us that the ‘Light Unapproachable’ became Light incarnate in the person of Thy Son made flesh. He came unto us so that, through Him, we might come unto Thee. Receive us now for His sake. Accept our worship in His name. May the words of our mouths, and the meditations of our hearts be acceptable in Thy sight O Lord, our Strength and our Redeemer. We pray this in the strong name of Jesus. Amen
This is the Will of God
As a minister I receive a lot of questions but there is one that comes with greater frequency than all of the rest, namely, “How can I know God’s will for my life?” As faithful Christians, we all want to live our lives in the will of God. Unfortunately, this has led many believers into the unbiblical practice of trying to find out all of the details of the will of God beforehand, in order to be able to go do it. This practice seems very pious, but it actually little more than a return to the pagan practice of divination. Whether it involves opening the Bible at random, or waiting for spiritual impulses all such practices are simply superstitions. Such practices appear devout, but are little more than recycled paganism.
Even unregenerate men can want to know the mind of God on the course of future events. In fact, unregenerate men are insatiably curious about such things. This is why we have horoscopes in every newspaper, palm-readers at every side-show, and an abundance of psychic hotlines. But all this neglects what Scripture tells us over and over again about the will of God. God’s will is for the individual believer is for him to become a certain kind of person. We tend to focus on location, occupation, destination, and so on, while the Spirit of God is at work in us to mold in us the character of wisdom He desires. We want to know His hidden decrees, which He will not reveal, and we want to ignore His Word, which He has revealed.
This is God’s will for you, even your sanctification—that you be holy even as He is holy. This is God’s will for you—that you avoid sexual immorality. This is God’s will for you—that you be wise, understanding the times, and avoiding dissipation. This is God’s will for you—that you stand firm, mature and confident. This is God’s will for you—that you rejoice at all times, that you pray constantly, and that you give thanks in everything.
God’s will as revealed has far more to do with how you are what you are, than it does with where you are, or what occupation you pursue. And today you are here worshipping, which is the will of God for you. The will of God is no mystery, it is a discipline. It’s joyful submission through the obedience of faith.