It is a decision to surrender your will to God. And that decision has to be made daily.
We may awaken with a strong desire to surrender and obey, but there is a carnal nature in our flesh that renders us powerless to do what we know to do.
Even the Apostle Paul struggled, “For 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).
We are not told the temptation that caused Paul to sin. Still, the emphasis is “what I hate, I do, and I do not understand.” Yes, we have the desire to do what is right, but when faced with a temptation, we try to overcome it without the help of the Holy Spirit. And the very sin that we hate, we fall into with regret.
Our struggle is real. Yet God says, “No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.” (1 Corinthians 10:13).
“Though he falls, he will not be overwhelmed, for the LORD is holding his hand.” (Psalm 37:24). With love, Jesus extends mercy and picks us up.
Jesus left us the example of how to stay in sync with God. Through prayer, He continuously surrendered His will to God. And it is with confidence that Jesus prayed, “I have glorified You on the earth. I have finished the work which You have given Me to do.” (John 17:4).
Prayer: God, we pray for the desire to do Your will. We ask for the anointing of the Holy Spirit, wisdom, and discernment of Satan’s traps so we may not fall into temptation. Thank You for Your grace and mercy. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.