How to Know God’s Will

George Mueller’s life is often considered to be one of recent time’s most amazing examples of what a godly man experiences when he is committed to prayer and a life lived out in faith.  You may find it interesting to learn that his advice on knowing God’s will smacks in the face of the methods presented by today’s popular authors and super-star preachers.  But may I suggest that his scriptural approach to prayer, combined with the example of his life, just might testify to his wisdom and spiritual maturity regarding this subject?  Below is an excerpt from his book “Answers to Prayer” published by Moody Classics.  Please read and consider this godly man’s advice:

How to Ascertain the Will of God

1.   I seek at the beginning to get my heart into such a state that it has no will of its’ own in regard to a given matter. Nine-tenths of the trouble with people generally is just here.  Nine-tenths of the difficulties are overcome when our hearts are ready to do the Lord’s will, whatever it may be.  When one is truly in this state, it is usually but a little way to the knowledge of what His will is.

2.   Having done this, I do not leave the result to feeling or simple impression.  If so, I make myself liable to great delusions.

3.   I seek the will of the Spirit of God through, or in connection with, the Word of God.  The Spirit and the Word must be combined.  If I look to the Spirit alone without the Word, I lay myself open to great delusions also.  If the Holy Spirit guides us at all, He will do it according to Scriptures and never contrary to them.

4.   Next, I take into account providential circumstances.  These often plainly indicate God’s will in connection with His Word and His Spirit.

5.   I ask God in prayer to reveal His will to me aright.

6.   Thus, through prayer to God, the study of the Word and reflection, I come to a deliberate judgment according to the best of my ability and knowledge, and if my mind is thus at peace and continues so after two or three more petitions, I proceed accordingly.  In trivial matters, and in transactions involving most important issues, I have found this method always effective.

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3 Comments on “How to Know God’s Will”

  1. Kris Says:

    I can’t find a way to share your post but I’m rather daft at some of this internet technology….I would love to share this with my friends.

    Reply

    • ChurchSalt Says:

      I am wondering if it is possible to install a “share” button on this blog? I will have to look into it. I have to grope and stumble through technology myself, but it seems like I have seen such a feature elsewhere.
      Thanks for stopping by!

      -Joe

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  2. Kris Says:

    The life of George Mueller is an incredible inspiration to me and I have read his biography to my children three times already. It is the saints that go before us that have lived so well, so introspectively, that are a huge help in our journey. Thank you so much for sharing this!

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