The will of God can be a mysterious thing for both old and new believers alike, but Tony Evans says that it doesn’t have to be. If you seek to understand the connection between surrendering to God and experiencing the visible manifestation of His kingdom in your life, this lesson will show you how the simple act of prayer can harmonize your will to become the same as your heavenly Father’s.

where were you

if you would have been here she said

this thing wouldn’t happen

the blood of christ has given believers

a passport

to enter into a realm

that is closed to the general public

prayer is how you show your passport

god has given so much clout to prayer

that’s relationally driven

to draw heaven in the history that he

will even allow prayer to change his


the disciples never asked jesus to teach

them to preach

to teach them to do miracles the one

thing they did ask him is will you teach

us to pray

if you pursue a relationship and bring

your needs along with that

in your secret place

you will hear from god because god will

hear from you

ask and it will be given to you seek and

you will find knock and it will be open

to you don’t let things that god is

willing to change go unchanged because

we refuse to meet him in a private place



kingdom come

everything is about god’s kingdom

from genesis to revelation

the word kingdom is the driving

narrative of the story

the rule of god

from eternity into history

but in relationship with his people

and what god is asking you to do is to


into his program

to merge into where he’s going

to merge in the direction he’s taking

and the way that you merge

into his kingdom program

is prioritizing his will over yours

thy kingdom come


thy will be done

on earth

as it is in heaven

let me say it another way

the way you get to see his kingdom

is by surrendering to his will

if you’re praying for his kingdom

but you’re not willing to be surrendered

to his will

then you don’t get the kingdom part

because he didn’t get the will part

thy kingdom come

and the way that will happen is thy will

is being done

how is it being done

on earth like it is in heaven

which means

if i want heaven on earth

then i must be willing to submit to his

will on earth so that heaven is free to

make its presence on earth

and therefore

the visual manifestation

of his kingdom

so his kingdom rule from up there

to be manifested down here

involves your praying your will be done

on earth

as it is done

in heaven

now having said that we must go into an

understanding of god’s will

now the first thing you have to

understand is the

comprehensive nature of god’s will

god’s will


comprehensive and what i mean by that is

nothing sits outside of it

in other words

god’s will

is what he wants where he wants it and

when he wants it

it is absolute control

over all of his creation

for example

let me read to you isaiah chapter 14

verse 24 and verse 27

the lord of hosts has sworn saying


just as i have intended so it happened

and just as i planned it it will stand

verse 27 says for the lord of hosts has


and who can frustrate it

as for his stretched out hand

who can turn it back

chapter 43 of isaiah

verse 13

reads as follows

even from eternity i am he

and there is none who can deliver out of

my hand

i act

and who can reverse it

so god’s will is comprehensive

it is deterministic

when god determines that something is

going to happen

and it is unconditional i’ll explain

that in a moment

oh it’s going to happen

if he has to go by you through you

around you

or get rid of you

because his will is comprehensive

because he is comprehensive

i am now speaking about the

unconditional will of god

that is

his will when he doesn’t have any

conditions tied to it

when he’s going to do it because he

decided to do it because it’s in his


to do it

so whether you work with me

or don’t work with me is irrelevant

because in my unconditional will i have

decided this is going to happen so i’m

going to make it happen

so that is this comprehensive will of


i love the way psalm 115

verse 3 says

god is in heaven

and he does whatever he pleases

romans chapter 11 verse 36 says

from him

through him

and to him are all things

so when we’re talking about the god of

the bible

we’re talking about

a person

who has absolute control over anything

he decides to do

because he has both the right

and the power to do what he determines

having explained his

unconditional will

that’s not the only will he has

god has another will

and that is the will of what he desires

that may or may not occur in other words

he has a desirable will

things he wishes and things he wants

the things he wishes and wants

in partnership with mankind

and it may or may not happen

for example

first timothy 2 4 says

god desires that all men are saved

yet the bible is clear all men are not


even though he wants it to happen

he does not impose it to happen

because it’s conditional on what man

does or what does not do in this case

receiving christ

jesus said in luke chapter 13 verse 34

how often israel i would have gathered


like a hen gathers a little one

but you wouldn’t let me

so i want to do it but you’re blocking

me from doing it and because it’s my

conditional will and not my

unconditional will i’m not going to make

you do it even though it’s what i want

to happen or

the bible says god desires in colossians

4 12 for all christians to become mature

but we know all christians don’t keep

growing all christians don’t mature in

christ’s likeness

he wants it he wishes it and he wills

for it to happen on condition

and the condition is that you grow in

grace and the knowledge of jesus christ

and be conformed to his image that you

want to do it and pursue doing it

to put it another way in the conditional

will of god he allows choices

deuteronomy chapter 30 verses 15 uh to

the end of the chapter says that you

have a choice he says choose life or you

can choose death

i want you to choose life i’m not going

to make you choose life so there is a

unconditional will he going to do it

because he decides to do it but then

there is this partnership will where he

will partner with you in the doing of it

but he won’t make you do it

the reason why we have to pray thy will

be done

is because

obviously his will is not always done

that’s why we have to pray for it so

he’s calling for a partnership in prayer

so that what he has determined

conditionally from heaven to come to

earth can come because we have

cooperated with it for it to be released

from heaven

into earth

now the question becomes well how can he

have an unconditional will

and a conditional will

operating at the same time

god has a unconditional goal

the establishment of his kingdom for his

glory but he has a conditional will

so if you block him by your disobedience

rebellion lack of prayer it’s not going

to stop him getting to his goal

he’s going to get to his unconditional


he’s just going to have to skip you to

get there

so many of us get bypassed from god

because we refuse to partner with god

for his will to be done

so you have to understand you can

cooperate with his will you can resist

his will he gonna get to his destination

he’s not going to let you or me stop him

but he’d love to join with us in getting

there by the prayer thy will be done

so it is the recognition that you and i

get to partner on the conditional side

it will not change his unconditional

side because god’s will will achieve his



and so

god wants his will

because he wants his program

and his program is that his kingdom

would come that is his

his being his purposes will be

manifested in history in cooperation

with us which is why he invites us to

pray thy will be done

now what this means is that a decision

has to be made if you’re going to pray

this prayer

and mean it that is there must be the

decision to be committed to god’s will

satan’s goal

is to get you

and me and us

to rebel against the will of god in

isaiah 14 verses 12 to 14

satan said five times i will i will i

will i will i will

we call that negative volition in other

words he had a will that was opposite to

god’s will

and so he said five times i will to do

something that you don’t want

i might do my own plan my own program

i’m gonna have my own posse i’m gonna do

my own thing it’s not your thing god but

it’s my thing

and he rebelled against god that’s why

the greatest sin in the bible is pride

because that’s thinking more of yourself

than you ought to think

so he decided that i’m gonna build my

own kingdom i’m gonna be my own man

i’mma be my own boss i don’t care what

god says so what did satan do he got

adam and eve to rebel against the will

of god

god said no not tree in the middle don’t

mess with that all these other trees you

can have but he duped them into thinking

they could operate independently of god

he does the same thing with you and me

he tries to draw us and drift us from

the will of god by making

our will seem better than his will

and when he can get us to do that then

we break fellowship with god and we

don’t get heaven to visit history

so he says that we must be willing to

submit to the will of god now i’m going

to give you four words that some of you

may not like for words that sometimes i

don’t prefer

i’m going to give you four words that

can ruin your perspective of who you are

and why you are here

those four words come from first

corinthians chapter eight verse six

and those four words reads as follows



for him

first corinthians 8 6 says we

exist for him translation he does not

exist for you

he does not exist for me he created us

so that we could be for him his program

his will his plan his goals his desires

his drive he wants you to wake up every

morning he wants me to wake up every

morning and say not my will today god

your will today and if anybody has to

adjust i’m adjustable

i am adjustable

we exist for him that is the surrender

decision that every christian has to

face jesus put it this way even when he

was physically hungry in john 4 34 he

says uh

i exist

my food is to do the father’s will

i’m hungry right now but what really

satisfies me

is when i’ve done the father’s will you

can only experience the power and

presence of the kingdom if you’re

willing to submit to the purposes of the


jesus says that his will that god’s will

must trump our will

and he says don’t let the culture

distract you don’t let the people

distract you don’t let the programs

distract you don’t let you distract you

you belong to this kingdom and if you

want this kingdom to come if you want

heaven to visit history my will must be

done the only way you’re going to prefer

to do god’s will

is if you believe he knows what he’s


because if you don’t believe he knows

what he’s doing you’re going you’re

going to drift to your will

to your preference but but if you

believe he knows what he’s doing

even when you don’t like what he’s doing

you have to trust him

that he knows better than you do and i

submit to the will of god

so there must be

a surrender charge

there must be a decision to be committed

to the will of god

so that brings up this issue of

confidence in god

first john 5 verses 14 and 15

says we have this confidence

that anything we ask in his will we know

he’s going to do it

we have this


the problem with many of us submitting

to the will of god is we don’t have

confidence in him

so that’s why we pray because i don’t

want anything left in heaven that was

meant to come to earth

i don’t want to miss anything he wanted

to do but he was waiting for me to

follow him to pray to him to depend on

him and so i did not get it now let me

make something clear

you will not learn

what his secret will is if you ignore

his revealed will

the bible says in deuteronomy 29 29 god

has a secret will that is things he

hadn’t disclosed things he hadn’t talked


parents have secret wills we have things

we don’t tell our children

we’ve already made the decision but we

haven’t informed them

maybe because it’s not time maybe

they’re not old enough maybe they’re not

mature enough but we have secret wills

that is things we know that nobody else

knows about in the family

god has a secret will

when you go to god for stuff that’s not

written in the bible specifically

but it’s your personal need

and you want to know god what you’re

going to do about this thing

that i can’t find a particular verse on

you go to god crying you you’re weeping


you don’t like what he allowed to happen

you don’t like what he’s doing you don’t

prefer it in fact if the truth be told

you hate it

you hate it

and like martha you say

where were you

if you would have been here she said

we wouldn’t be this thing

this thing wouldn’t happen

what that tells me is it’s okay to be

respectfully honest with god

it’s okay to raise the question marks

respectfully when they come up

because life sometimes hurts

life sometimes is painful

and like martha and mary you come with


you stutter you don’t know what to say

and even it may be the wrong thing but i

also like what she added

because after she said

where were

you she said even now

even now

your father will give you whatever you

ask him

but wait a minute it’s too late but she

said even now

yeah but it’s already been been said

what the deal is but she said even now

it can’t get any worse than her


lazarus was totally gone but her


was so deep

with tears rolling down her eyes she

said but even


when i see no help no hope no

deliverance no victory no way out even


and i’m so glad

i know and even now god



now when there are no solutions

when there are no deliverances


if you ask your father


if you talk

that’s why you don’t ever want to give

up on god

because he can do things even now

now he may not

but you at least want to know somebody

who can if they choose to

the hebrew boy said now well i know god

can deliver

he can deliver us from your fiery

furnace but if he does not

we’re still going to praise you and

praise him we’re still going to worship

him we’re still gonna give him glory

we’re still gonna exalt him even if he

doesn’t do it

so as we wrestle through our crisis

our prayer is god even now

but if you don’t

we’re gonna worship you praise you pray

to you glorify you exalt you magnify you

bless you


we exist for you

you don’t exist for us

and so what that means

is that we must do a number of things

first of all we must be willing to

discover his will

psalm 119 verse 18

says open our eyes so that we see

open our eyes you must be willing to say

god what do you say about this situation

what principles are in the bible about

what i’m dealing with what i’m going

through you must be willing to discover


then secondly you must be willing to

understand it the bible calls that

wisdom james 1 5 if any man lacks wisdom

let him ask of god

lord how do you want me to handle this

thing how do you want me to deal with


then romans 12 1-2 you must be willing

to submit to it

you must say yes lord

yes lord

yes to your will

and then you must be willing to

accomplish it i love

colossians 1 9 and 10. here’s what it

says for this reason also

since the days

since the day we heard of it

we have not ceased to pray for you

and to ask that you may be filled with

the knowledge of his will

in all wisdom and understanding

so that you might walk in a manner

worthy of the lord to please him in all


bearing fruit in every good work

and increasing in the knowledge

of god

he says i’m praying for you

i’m praying for you he says to that


to this church

thank you for praying for me and for us

but we’re praying for you

we’re praying that you will know the

knowledge of god in whatever situation

you’re facing

that you will have the wisdom of god to

how to address it and that you will walk

in that and you will make that the basis

of your decision

until your change comes or whether or

not your change comes

that in either way

thy will be done

and if you and i will make that our


if we will and i’m talking to me too get

up every day

and say god this is what i want

this is what i desire this is what i

prefer because i have to be honest with


this is my dream this is my goal however

after having said what i said

told you what i told you

not my will

but thy will be done because i exist for


we exist for you

for your glory and for your name’s sake

and here’s what jesus promises in mark

chapter 3 verse 35

that he

who does

my will

will be my mother father brother and

sister you know what he’s saying

if you

will do

my will

i’m gonna bring you into the family

you’re already a christian but i’ma now

tell you family secrets

i’m gonna do things in your situation

whether or not i change your scenario to

let you know i’m family so may this


and every individual in this church

pray lord your program is your kingdom

and i want to be a highway you can ride


i don’t want you to skip me bypass me or

discipline me you can ride this highway

because i’m saying thy will be done

and i’m willing to adjust my way to your

way my will to your will my desire to

your desire to please you

and if i please you you’re gonna show up

in whatever situation you choose to for

your glory and my good

in closing


drunk drivers are told to give their


to somebody who’s not intoxicated

because if you drunk

and you get behind the wheel

you’re jeopardizing yourself and other


so they say give your keys up hand them

over to somebody who’s not intoxicated

who can get you home safely

you and i live in an intoxicating world

causing us to stammer and stutter all

over the place we’re happy today we’re

sad tomorrow we’re joyful today we’re

miserable tomorrow this day’s up

tomorrow is down we live in an

intoxicating world but god is saying

hand me the kings

give me the keys

submit me the keys

because i know where i’m going

and even though you’re confused i know

how to get you to the will of god to the

plan of god in the kingdom of god for

the glory of god and for your best

interest hand me the kings

so that i can run your life the way that

it should be run

according to the program of god

god’s goal in history

is to see his will

done to see what he has prescribed

from eternity

to be manifested in time

god’s priority

is to see

his kingdom

advanced in time and space on earth

now god’s priority involves his will

which is unconditional and conditional

his unconditional will is what he’s

going to do regardless of what anybody

else says or does

ah but his conditional will

which is why prayer is so critical

is what he determines to do

based on what we do or do not do

that’s why

he says you have not because you asked


because we didn’t meet the condition of


so let’s make sure we don’t miss out on

his will

because we didn’t meet the condition

for him to respond to our deepest needs