Sometimes, our old ways of thinking can easily return to the forefront, ones where we think we know what’s best for us. We can get lured into the trap of self-reliance and slowly drift away from being Christ-reliant. We start to make plans without first going to God and asking for His will to be done. We start running our lives out of our wills, and soon we are looking back over our own past decisions, wondering where it all went wrong.
The lie satin tells us is that God will not listen to our desires. God not only listens, He asks us to come to Him with everything. Our God is the Good Father who listens to what we are asking and gives us the answers to our requests. God is not a genie that will grant us all our wishes when we rub a magic bottle. He’s not the type of parent who will spoil His children. When God does not give us what we ask for, it’s always in our best interest, for our own good. God sees everything in its entirety and always knows what will benefit us or harm us.
The 11th step says that we pray for the knowledge of God’s will. We have been, and can be, very selfish people. Praying only for God’s will gets us out of the habit of praying solely for our own desires. We learn to pray that God’s will be done in every situation, and then we act on His will with the power that He gives us. Step 11 is vital to our continued relationship with God and understanding the plan He has for each of us. God is never going to play hide and seek with His will. When we pray for knowledge of His will, He makes His will abundantly clear to us. God will then invite us to join Him in doing His will. It’s through the power He has given us that His will comes to fulfillment.
Written by Jackell