Bible Verses About God’s Will: 20 Guiding Quotes

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There have been many books written to help people understand what the will of God is for their life. God’s will, in the Bible applies to all believers whereas God’s plan for your life may differ from someone else’s plan. A pastor once told us that it is simple to understand God’s will for your life. All you have to do is answer 3 simple questions: (1) Is it Scriptural? (2) Is it the desire of your heart?; and (3) Is there a need? If the answer “No” to any of these questions, then it is not God’s will or plan for you. Here are 20 Bible verses about God’s will that you may use as a guide:

1 Timothy 2:1-4  First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.

God’s Will for All Believers

Bible Verses About God's WillJohn 7:17 If anyone’s will is to do God’s will, he will know whether the teaching is from God or whether I am speaking on my own authority.

Romans 12:2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

1 Thessalonians 5:16-19 Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. Do not quench the Spirit.

Doing God’s Will Out of Trust and Obedience

Mark 3:34-35 And looking about at those who sat around him, he said, “Here are my mother and my brothers! For whoever does the will of God, he is my brother and sister and mother.”

Romans 8:27 And he who searches hearts knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.

2 Corinthians 8:1-6 We want you to know, brothers, about the grace of God that has been given among the churches of Macedonia, for in a severe test of affliction, their abundance of joy and their extreme poverty have overflowed in a wealth of generosity on their part. For they gave according to their means, as I can testify, and beyond their means, of their own accord, begging us earnestly for the favor of taking part in the relief of the saints —and this, not as we expected, but they gave themselves first to the Lord and then by the will of God to us. Accordingly, we urged Titus that as he had started, so he should complete among you this act of grace.

Ephesians 6:5-7 Bondservants, obey your earthly masters with fear and trembling, with a sincere heart, as you would Christ, not by the way of eye-service, as people-pleasers, but as bondservants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart, rendering service with a good will as to the Lord and not to man

1 Thessalonians 4:2-4 For you know what instructions we gave you through the Lord Jesus. For this is the will of God, your sanctification: that you abstain from sexual immorality; that each one of you know how to control his own body in holiness and honor

1 Peter 2:13-16 Be subject for the Lord’s sake to every human institution, whether it be to the emperor as supreme, or to governors as sent by him to punish those who do evil and to praise those who do good. For this is the will of God, that by doing good you should put to silence the ignorance of foolish people. Live as people who are free, not using your freedom as a cover-up for evil, but living as servants of God.

1 Peter 3:17 For it is better to suffer for doing good, if that should be God’s will, than for doing evil.

1 Peter 4:19 Therefore let those who suffer according to God’s will entrust their souls to a faithful Creator while doing good.

1 John 2:16-17 For all that is in the world—the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride of life—is not from the Father but is from the world.  And the world is passing away along with its desires, but whoever does the will of God abides forever.

Examples of God’s Will as a Plan (A Call)

Romans 1:9-11 For God is my witness, whom I serve with my spirit in the gospel of his Son, that without ceasing I mention you always in my prayers, asking that somehow by God’s will I may now at last succeed in coming to you.  For I long to see you, that I may impart to you some spiritual gift to strengthen you

Romans 8:28-29 And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose. For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers.

Romans 15:30-33 I appeal to you, brothers, by our Lord Jesus Christ and by the love of the Spirit, to strive together with me in your prayers to God on my behalf, that I may be delivered from the unbelievers in Judea, and that my service for Jerusalem may be acceptable to the saints, so that by God’s will I may come to you with joy and be refreshed in your company. May the God of peace be with you all. Amen.

1 Corinthians 1:1-3 Paul, called by the will of God to be an apostle of Christ Jesus, and our brother Sosthenes, To the church of God that is in Corinth, to those sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints together with all those who in every place call upon the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, both their Lord and ours: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

Ephesians 1:1-2 Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, To the saints who are in Ephesus, and are faithful in Christ Jesus: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

Colossians 1:1-2 Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, and Timothy our brother, To the saints and faithful brothers in Christ at Colossae:  Grace to you and peace from God our Father.

2 Timothy 1:1-2 Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God according to the promise of the life that is in Christ Jesus, To Timothy, my beloved child:  Grace, mercy, and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord.

How Can You Know God’s Will

Clearly the Bible tells us that it is God’s will for “all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth” (1Timothy 2:4). Then as believers we are “to be conformed to the image of His Son” (Romans 8:29). We are taught things in the Bible that will help us to do the things that please God. When you are looking for God’s specific “plan” for your life you must fervently pray for God to show it to you. Remember when you are praying that God will open and close doors along the way. When God opens a door – walk through it. When God closes a door; do not open it back up. Make your plan as though God will bless it and then execute it. He will reveal to you what He wants for you and don’t ever forget that His grace is sufficient for whatever come what may. That’s a promise!

Jack Wellman wrote a great article on How to Find God’s Will in Your Life a while ago, take a look at it here: God’s Will


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viliame morisio February 19, 2012 at 4:26 am

Thank God!!


Pamela Rose Williams May 6, 2012 at 5:48 pm

You are most welcom viliame morisio! Stop in again sometime.


estefania May 5, 2012 at 5:51 pm

le doy gracias a Dios por que me dio una voz muy hermosa y soy una niña


Pamela Rose Williams May 6, 2012 at 5:59 pm

Hola estefania, Permítame que me refiera a traducir al Inglés y a continuación, responder a usted.

Hello Stephanie, please allow me to translate into English and then respond to you.

Stephanie said: “I thank God that he gave me a very beautiful voice and i am a girl” and to this I respond,

Hola estafania, me encantaría escuchar tu voz y estoy muy feliz de haber dejado un bello comentario. Bendiciones para usted! Hablo poco español, así que no puedo decir más.

Hello Stephanie, I would love to hear your voice and I am very happy you have left this beautiful comment. Blessings to you! I speak little Spanish so I can not say more.


james June 14, 2012 at 10:16 am

what’s wrong about being a guy?!


Glem Daniel T. Guilo July 20, 2012 at 9:23 pm

thanks for the thoughts of your qoutes.. God bless you


Alli Smith July 22, 2012 at 1:57 pm

These quotes were awesome! they really helped me out! thanks so much… i am officially a fan!


Jay August 19, 2012 at 8:35 am

The passage you list from John is actually John 7:17.

Thanks for sharing these.


Pamela Rose Williams August 28, 2012 at 8:39 am

Yes sir you have that right. I have made the correction thank you.


Sharon August 28, 2012 at 6:57 am

Thank you for the inspiration sharing of God’s will through scriptures. God has blessed me with many talents over the years and I must stay focused and use them to build help build his kingdom. Pray for my strength and I journey along.

The word is good all the time.

Peace, Love and Blessings to you.



Pamela Rose Williams August 28, 2012 at 8:35 am

Thank you Sharon. It is good to see you here.


Madison Kennard September 18, 2012 at 10:26 pm

This has helped me tremendously already and I’ve only been on it for a few minutes! Thank you so much for sharing this. This has been on my heart for the longest time, I just needed to know some scripture to help me better understand what God wants me to do in order to know his will for my life. Thank you for making this awesome website!!!!
God bless you.. 🙂


Pastor Charlie October 20, 2012 at 12:53 pm

I enjoyed reading the scriptures you provided. But we do need to be careful about the reason number 2. Is it your hearts desire. Keep in mind our heart is sometimes evil and led astray. Just because our heart wants something does not make it right. Sometimes our hearts desire evil. Therefore I would not apply number to at all.


Pastor Charlie October 20, 2012 at 12:54 pm



Graceflower October 23, 2012 at 8:08 am

This is a wonderful reading and reference.

I too agree w/ Pastor Charlie. God knows the desires of our heart, yet often, the desires of our heart are not of Him. I.E., desiring things or relationships that are not of God but of the flesh, or yes, sometimes our heart desires what is evil/not of Him. We’ve been taught by movies and fairy tale logic, not the Word of God, that ‘if you love each other, that’s all that matters’, so you desire a ‘love/mate but haven’t prayed to God for he right and perfect one for you; sometimes, the one who loves you or the one you love is not the one God has willed for your life—some relationships exist from a desire of the heart, but may not be healthy ones, or ordained by God and the couple is ‘unevenly yoked’. Desires of the flesh exist as well—one desires a man/woman, yet he/she is a married man/woman OR your mate you desire ‘loves’ you on one hand, but is committing domestic violence on another). Final example: one may desire in his/her heart a $50K car or a pair of diamond earrings, but his/her income or financial commitments and priorities dictate now is not the time to purchase it. Some of our heart desires are not within God’s will.
I also would not apply number two to it.


Joe Colling May 27, 2014 at 3:52 pm

Yes – We must remember though that God is not against us having material things in the world, rather he is against material things having us. And, we must also be keen to remember that if you pray for material things and do not get them, you should examine your life and ask yourself, “Am I safe for success?” – meaning, if success comes, will it control you and take you away from God? Or will, when the success comes, make you thankful unto God…. These are important points to remember when you pray for anything. Trusting him for real, is the key for everything – Trust….


Dallas December 30, 2012 at 10:40 am

Is it scriptual? This was the first question. If you answer “yes” to this, THEN you ask yourself if it’s your heart’s desire. If something scriptuarlly correct is my heart’s desire, THEN it’s perfectly good in God’s eyes.


Dallas December 30, 2012 at 10:49 am



Peter Paul January 23, 2013 at 2:36 am

It is indeed in detail to study. Thank you mam for your lessons.

Peter, India -8547623935


rogelio jose March 24, 2013 at 4:24 am

Searching for God’s wills? Just want to share! Simply whatever! – rrj


Jay May 2, 2013 at 3:27 pm

Thank you, this has been very helpful. Keep up the good work.


kriz May 31, 2013 at 10:42 am

God is Good
God is Great
all the time


collins July 16, 2013 at 4:20 pm

Continue writing God’s word you are saving peopler who do not know the WILL of God


Dr. Diana April 27, 2014 at 12:14 pm

All the quotes related to God are so amazing.

God is Love and Love is God…!!

Respect for blog owner 🙂



Joe Colling May 27, 2014 at 3:58 pm

Also want to add, sometimes God may prosper you, so that you can give what God blessed you with, to someone else! Sometimes God wants to see, “If I give you this or that and tell you to give it to this or that person, will you still obey and do what I want you to do?, Or will you turn selfish and love what I have given you, more than me, the giver?” – God’s personality always amazes me.

Blessings and Shalom to you all.
– Joe Colling


Howard Grimes February 26, 2015 at 3:24 pm

The Lords prayer is the will of God Matt 6:9-13


Mede February 23, 2019 at 9:57 pm

I always searched for meaning of life and over the years it’s changed and the answer is same ,God’s Will . Gods prayer tells us what his will is To make earth like heaven. In conclusion , every one can do what they can to make earth good. When I was a kid I tried to be good I read the part where it said obey the leaders and laws of the country . When searching for truth I found obey Govt In till they don’t follow the laws of God. USA do not follow God’s law they kill , steal , sex with kids, incest I would be happy if you would write that in this . Gods will is follow the Govt till it stops following God’s law. I Google what Govt was most evil , it came up USA,


Pat G. Basile June 15, 2020 at 11:27 am

The bread of Life is Jesus. Not only is this figurative, but literal also. His body and blood sanctify us and join us to His body that we might become one (John 17:21). “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you. Whoever feeds on my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day. For my flesh is true food, and my blood is true drink.” (John 6:53–55)


Jack Wellman June 15, 2020 at 11:45 am

Thank you Pat. Good point.


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