Have you ever wondered, “How am I supposed to know God’s will?” I think most of us have. We sometimes conclude that God’s will is unknowable. But God points out that, even though He does not explain every detail of His decision-making, He lets His people know what He’s up to. “Surely the Lord GOD will do nothing, but he revealeth his secret unto his servants the prophets” (Amos 3:7, KJV).
The problem is not that God doesn’t share His will; the problem is that we’re seldom listening to Him. So, how do we hear Him? At the end of the eighth chapter of Experiencing God, Henry Blackaby includes a long quotation from a work by George Müller. In this text, Müller describes how he sought to know God’s will. (The following text, from pg. 6 of Answers to Prayer from George Müller’s Narratives is in the public domain in the USA.)
I seek at the beginning to get my heart into such a state that it has no will of its own in regard to a given matter. Nine-tenths of the trouble with people generally is just here. Nine-tenths of the difficulties are overcome when our hearts are ready to do the Lord’s will, whatever it may be. When one is truly in this state, it is usually but a little way to the knowledge of what His will is.
2.—Having done this, I do not leave the result to feeling or simple impression. If so, I make myself liable to great delusions.
3.—I seek the Will of the Spirit of God through, or in connection with, the Word of God. The Spirit and the Word must be combined. If I look to the Spirit alone without the Word, I lay myself open to great delusions also. If the Holy Ghost guides us at all, He will do it according to the Scriptures and never contrary to them.
4.—Next I take into account providential circumstances. These often plainly indicate God’s Will in connection with His Word and Spirit.
5.—I ask God in prayer to reveal His Will to me aright.
6.—Thus, through prayer to God, the study of the Word, and reflection, I come to a deliberate judgment according to the best of my ability and knowledge, and if my mind is thus at peace, and continues so after two or three more petitions, I proceed accordingly. In trivial matters, and in transactions involving most important issues, I have found this method always effective.
If you wish to read the full text of Answers to Prayer from George Müller’s Narratives, it can be found online here.