Have you ever noticed how many times in the New Testament Jesus tells us that every word He spoke, every action He did, came about from Jesus following our Father’s will?
John 5:19-20 “Jesus gave them this answer: “Very truly I tell you, the Son can do nothing by himself; he can do only what he sees his Father doing, because whatever the Father does the Son also does. For the Father loves the Son and shows him all he does. Yes, and he will show him even greater works than these, so that you will be amazed.”
John 4:34 “My food,” said Jesus, “is to do the will of him who sent me and to finish his work.”
John 5:30 “By myself I can do nothing; I judge only as I hear, and my judgment is just, for I seek not to please myself but him who sent me.”
John 8:28 “So Jesus said, “When you have lifted up the Son of Man, then you will know that I am he and that I do nothing on my own but speak just what the Father has taught me.”
John 12:50 “I know that his command leads to eternal life. So whatever I say is just what the Father has told me to say.”
Luke 22:42 “Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done.”
So what we see in the ministry of Jesus is Jesus explicitly giving us the words that our heavenly Father wants us to hear and God the Father working through Jesus, doing the various miracles that authenticate His Son, the bearer of those words.
Luke 9:35 “A voice came from the cloud, saying, “This is my Son, whom I have chosen; listen to him.”
So, when Jesus was here with us, the will of God the Father was expressed to and through Jesus the Son. Literally Emanuel, God with us (Matthew 1:23).
Now that Jesus is with God the Father in heaven, the will of God the Father is still expressed to us through Jesus the Son, in His Word and through the leading of the Holy Spirit within us.
I don’t know about you but that puts the Trinity into a functional reality for me that really hits home.
John 16:13 “But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all the truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come.”
1 John 5:14-15 “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.”
Hebrews 4:14-16 “Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has ascended into heaven, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet he did not sin. Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.”
John 14:12-14 “Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father. And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it.”
Our prayers then, should meet these two criteria; be in accordance with the will of God the Father, so that the Father is glorified in the Son.
Knowing God’s will is sometimes difficult because it requires patience. It’s natural to want to know all of God’s will at once, but that’s not how God usually works. He reveals to us a step at a time—each move a step of faith—which facilitates our growth in trusting Him. The important thing is that, as our minds are renewed, we are busy doing the good that we know to do (James 4:17).
And the ultimate purpose behind this process?
1 Corinthians 15:23-25 NIV “But each in turn: Christ, the firstfruits; then, when he comes, those who belong to him. Then the end will come, when he hands over the kingdom to God the Father after he has destroyed all dominion, authority and power. For he must reign until he has put all his enemies under his feet.”
Worthy is the Lamb! Blessings!