Long before we do something, we develop the will to do something. In other words, our determination to act comes first; the actions themselves come afterward. Our wills are in turn influenced by two key factors: knowledge and emotion, the things we know and the things we feel. As human beings, we’ve all seen how our own wills can shift drastically throughout even the course of a day—this is because any serious change to the things we know and the things we feel can result in a serious change to our will. It certainly doesn’t help that our adversary the devil is always eager to feed us false information or wrong emotions for the very purpose of derailing our will and sending us off course. The apostle Paul put it best when he wrote, “what I am doing, I do not understand. For what I will to do, that I do not practice; but what I hate, that I do” (Romans 7:15).
But here’s the thing: God’s will never veers off course. God’s will never fluctuates. It is an unchanging constant, and we can depend on it. Satan uses knowledge and emotion to work against us carnally; God uses knowledge and emotion to strengthen us spiritually. What we need is to pray for God’s help in aligning our will with His. This means our prayers need to go beyond asking God to do something for us or to keep us from doing something—we need to pray for God’s help in thinking the way He thinks and in wanting the things He wants. The more our knowledge and emotions match up with God’s, the better we can expect our will and His will to align, and the more we’ll grow into “the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ” (Ephesians 4:13).
Adapted from Sabbath Thoughts website