DISCERNING THE WILL OF GOD
How will you be involved in this Every Member Mission
Trip? Discovering the best way for you to participate begins with a process
“Discernment, in a most general sense, is the capacity to recognize and
respond to the presence and the activity of God, both in the ordinary
moments and in the larger decisions of our lives.” (Ruth Haley Barton)
Apostle Paul says that we are to be transformed by the renewing of our minds
so that we can discern what the will of God is, that which is good,
acceptable and perfect (Romans 12: 2)
Prayers for Discernment:
Discernment takes place in the context of friendship with God as it is
cultivated through prayer.
Prayer encompasses all the ways we communicate and commune with God. The
further we travel on the spiritual journey, the more we discover that all of
life is prayer and holds the potential for deepening our intimacy with God.
That said, there are three kinds of prayer that are particularly
pertinent to discernment.
of Quiet Trust ( Psalm 131)
this prayer we acknowledge our utter dependence ON God and trust IN God when
things are “too great and too marvelous for me.”
It is only as we learn the prayer of
quiet trust in the face of our own personal questions and complexities that
we can enter into this kind of prayer in a leadership setting.
this prayer we ask God to work in our hearts to make us indifferent to
anything but the will of God. It was this kind of indifference and
willingness of Mary’s response when the angel came to her and told her that
she would give birth to the Messiah. “Here am I, the servant of the Lord;
let it be with me according to your word. (Luke 1: 38.
It was Jesus’ prayer after he had struggled in the garden of
Gethsemane; “Not my will but yours be done” (Luke 22:42)
any of you lacks wisdom, ask God, who gives to all generously and
ungrudgingly, and it will be given you.” (James 1:5)
often pray for wisdom while we are already attached to some outcome we think
is best! Indifference is an
importance prerequisite to the prayer for wisdom precisely because the
wisdom of God is foolishness of
the world. When we have become indifferent to our need to be seen as wise in
the eyes of others, then we are ready to receive