“It is God who works in you to will and to act according to his good purpose” (Philippians 2:13).
While it is through prayer and the study of the Scriptures that we come to better understand the heart and mind of God, this alone does not accomplish the purposes of our Father in the world. Too many have considered the diligence of these two spiritual disciplines to be an end in and of themselves, and for some a source of pride because they are done rigorously and without fail. These, however, are intended as a means to an end — the accomplishment of His good purposes in the world. When rightly understood and practiced, these two holy habits attune our hearts to God as his indwelling Spirit creates the ever growing desire to not only know His will, but both a longing and the power to see it accomplished in our lives. The wanting within us to be and act in a way that is pleasing to God is none other than God, himself, working within us.