“Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.” Romans 12:2
This verse from Romans unpacks for us how we can know the will of God. That’s something most people want, to be able to know God’s will in a situation. We can sometimes fall into the belief that God has this secret will that we have to try and guess at and hope we figure it out by ourselves. But the good news from this verse is that God has given us a way to know His will. We don’t have to hope we happen to stumble upon it by ourselves.
God has designed it that by spending regular time in His presence through prayer, praise and reading His words to us in the Bible that we will be better able to discern His will as our mindset gets transformed from the ways of the world to the ways of the Word. There is much that seems wise to the world but is actually foolish in the eyes of God, and much of the wisdom of God seems foolish in the eyes of the world. It is so vitally important that we reset our mind to be tuned in to the will of God.
During this season of prayer and fasting we have the opportunity to allow our minds to be renewed and reset. This is a time to switch off the negative influences from the world, to tune out of 24/7 news channels, to press pause on Netflix and video games, to log out of the constant stream of tweets and Instagram stories, and instead to reset our mind by focusing on the things of God. This is a time to press deeper into our relationship with Him, to allow the Holy Spirit to bring about transformation in our minds. It is a time to stop being like the world around us, and instead start impacting the world around us as we focus our mind on the good, acceptable and perfect plans that God has for us for the year ahead.
Ask God to help you reset your mind during this season of prayer and fasting so that you are better able to discern his will for you for 2022. Ask the Holy Spirit to help you trust that it is a good and acceptable and perfect will.