This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears us – whatever we ask – we know that we have what we asked of him. ~ 1 John 5:14-15
Some years ago Debbie, the kids and I sat down to watch an award winning WRAL Documentary on Hurricane Fran. Many of you on the East Coast may have strong memories of that intense storm that devastated so many parts of North Carolina back in 1996.
Though storms like Fran can bring 100+ mph winds that brew out of control chaos, there is said to be an amazing calm that hovers at the very center of a storm.
Being in the perfect will of God is like being in the eye of a storm.
There is no greater place. There is no greater peace. There is no greater security. Winds of confusion and destruction can howl all around you, yet there is a calm and a stillness of the soul knowing that you are in the very eye of God’s will.
“But, how do I center myself into the perfect will of God?” you might ask.
The beloved Apostle John spoke on this subject in a most meaningful way in 1 John 5:14-15. Here we are called to approach God in prayer, as our perfect, loving Heavenly Father who listens to our longings and longs to lead us down the path of His will.
We do not serve a God of confusion, but a God of clarity. The closer we walk with Him in prayer and in obedience to His Word our desires conform more and more to His desires. Then we are able to better pray in such a way that aligns with the will of God. It is at this point we are ready to receive exactly what we need from Him at just the right time, in just the right way, to do just the right thing.
Think about what thinker Steve Smalley penned:
“Prayer is not a battle, but a response; its power consists in lifting our wills to God, not in trying to bring his will down to us . . .”