I’ve learned so far that grace is the revealed will of the Father appropriated by our faith which is evident by our acting according to what we have heard and believed. Faith can only appropriate that which grace has provided. If God has not said it; don’t expect Him to be responsible to bring it to pass. This then brings me to the question; how do we then know what Gods plans are for us? How do we come in contact with the will of God for our lives to know what He has by His grace already provided for our lives?
In response to my asking the question, the Holy Spirit brought to mind the passage of scripture found in Deuteronomy 8:3 which says “ And he humbled thee, and suffered thee to hunger, and fed thee with manna, which thou knewest not, neither did they fathers know; that he might make thee know that man doth not live by bread only, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of the LORD doth man live. (KJV), He then reminded me of the Lord’s prayer found in Matthew 6: 9-13 in which the Lord prays gives us example of how to pray saying “After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Fathers which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.” (KJV) These scriptures are important to anyone who would seek to know the will of the Father and see it come to pass in his or her own life.
Looking at Deuteronomy 8:3 I see how God gave the children of Israel a life example of how to not depend on what you think you already know or have known of Him in their daily walk. How not to live based on what has been known by their ancestors or what they presumed to know concerning the will of the Father. He taught then how to seek Him daily for provision and sustenance. He gave them manna which was not manmade bread or something prepared beforehand. It was the “whatness” of God for that day. The interesting facts about manna was that one could not take more than they needed or try to store up enough for a future time; God gave enough for the day ahead or if the Sabbath; enough to make it through the ordained time of rest, but beyond that they had to come daily before the Father. He was teaching them, and is teaching us through their experience how to get to the place where there is a proceeding word; to get to the face of the Father and hear from the mouth of God Himself what is needed for us on the particular day. It is important to see daily communication with the Father as what we will need to be able to live the good life God has prepared for us. Until we know what His will is we will not know how to walk in it; When we know what His will is we can then appropriate it in the earth.
Jesus gives us an example of how to pray in Matthew 6:9-13. What I’d not noticed until today is the fact that before Jesus even asks the Father anything; he first recognizes that necessity of the Kingdom of God and the will of God being manifested on the earth as it is in the heavens. He goes on to ask God for the daily bread or in other words the proceeding word in order that God’s will be accomplished. I’d never connected this bread with the proceeding word until this very morning. Jesus asks the Father for the “whatness” to be revealed before even asking for forgivness, guidance, or protection. Wow. This really just hammers in the point for me. Apporaching the Father to know the “whatness” He has provided each and every day is vital to our very lives. We can ask for nothing until we know what it is He has provided. Once we know what it is; we can then ask through prayerand see it manifested in our lives. Let’s take time out every day to get our daily fill of the “whatness” of God for our lives.