The first request or question in the Lord’s prayer is, “give us this day our daily bread.” But perhaps there is a more poignant question we should be asking the Lord as illustrated by the Apostle Paul Damascus Road Experience.
Before Paul knew the Lord, his name was Saul. Saul was a devout Jew and strong advocate of the Law. He was born into a royal family and was distinguished with having Roman citizenship. He was well educated and well trained in the matters of the Jewish faith.
Saul loved God with all his heart and was hurt and angry with his fellow Jews, who believed and followed Jesus Christ. As a result of mis-guided faith in the Law, Saul believed it was his divine duty to crush those who followed Jesus and to persecute the Church. Saul was instrumental in having many believers killed or imprisoned.
In fact, Saul took it upon himself to go to the High Priest and receive a letter of authority that would allow him to go to Damascus and drag out any man or woman, in the more than 35 synagogues of Damascus that believed in Christ Jesus. His intent was to bound them and take them back to Jerusalem for punishment.
But as he traveled down the Damascus road, Acts chapter 9 tells us that Jesus made himself known to Saul. Upon realizing that Jesus was indeed alive and that he was who the believers said he was, Saul asked a question that Lord wants all of us to consider each and every day: “What will thou have me to do”
From the moment you finished reading this article to the rest of your days, this should be your daily question to the Lord: What will thou have me to do?
By making this your first request on a daily basis you are telling God: Its not about me, it’s about you. You are telling God: Not my will be done, but your will be done. You are telling God: For God I live and for God I die.
Whenever you ask God this daily question, He will eventually answer you in some form or fashion as He did Saul. But his answer may not be what you want to hear or do because He told us a long time ago that His ways are not our ways and His thoughts are not our thoughts.
Whenever you ask God this daily question, you have also signed up to be tested by God on a daily basis. The test is to determine whether you will walk by faith and not by sight. Our daily walk with Christ has always been a walk with faith and without faith it is impossible to please Him.
Take the test to please him by making this your daily question to Him. What will thou have me to do????
(Gilbert Owens is pastor of Kingdom of God Ministries in Sampson County.)