John 16:23 – “In that day you will no longer ask me anything. Very truly I tell you, my Father will give you whatever you ask in my name.”
This verse is a favorite of many and one often misunderstood by just as many. Asking God in prayer for something in Christ’s Name is much more than tacking on “In Jesus Name” at the end of a prayer. How often have I invoked in His name, blood, work, power, and authority to not have the request granted? Too many too count. Why?
The simple answer … asking in Jesus Name requires the request be God’s will, bringing glory to the Father and His Kingdom.
John 14:3 – ‘And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son.”
Well suppose this blog is completed, yet not quite. If wanting my prayers answered more often; more importantly reflecting God’s will and glory. How do I get there? Three suggestions for me and any interested:
- Spend more time in His word seeking to know His will.
Wait a minute! I already do. Yes, now return to scripture setting aside all preconceived notions and teachings. Now, ask to be taught of the Spirit in each and every situation. Intellectually, sounds easy but in heart and will it necessitates crucifixion.
2. To ensure I ask with correct heart and motives. Before praying for a certain thing … I must ask God by His Spirit to reveal His will if still unclear.
Praying to ask how I should pray. Sounds familiar to ‘The Lord’s Prayer’ and teach me how to pray. This may mean setting aside western microwave Christianity and having to wait for direction longer than expected.
Micah 7:7 - But as for me, I watch in hope for the LORD, I wait for God my Savior; my God will hear me.
3. Finally, though my heart and flesh utterly reject the notion. Pray my desire but be as willing as Christ to endure what is most dreaded. Yielding to the will and glory of The Father.
‘No, I do not want to go to the hospital, lose the house, job, business, car, etc. I trust and believe in you Lord Jesus! Just like you did for Peter, reach out your hand and rescue me!’ How diametrically different than Christ’s prayer.
Luke 22:42 - "Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done."
Thinking of this verse, next door neighbors come to mind. Extremely committed believers, whose eldest son now in his twenties was born with a seizer disorder undeterminable. Undergoing every surgery, medication, and procedure available yielded no remedy. The parents contending years for answers and physical healing never to arrive.
The mom bought a cake for his birthday party recently saying, “I do not think he understands what we are doing.” Still they celebrate a son gifted from God. The father is blessed with a highly compensated engineering job, only to spend thousands a dollars a month out of pocket on medications for the most comfort obtainable for their son. The mom battled cancer, undergoing treatments for months two years ago.
If God only healed the son, would more glory be given in witnessing Christ on mission trips to Haiti or working with the homeless? The family could use the money spent on medicine for feeding the poor? If the mother did not battle cancer and received supernatural healing, would her women's ministry have a more powerful testimony of God's divine power?
Questions such as these and hearing other believers who genuinely see faith lacking or as disciples of old, ‘who sinned,’ and generational curses are silenced. How? Through lives which shout in deafening volume -‘Jesus is good, alive, loves, and saves today.’
In humble awe, privileged to see mighty hearts and lives who do not realize their tremendous proclamation to God’s glory. Committed to God’s goodness in all circumstances as they live His purpose. The hypotheticals of how different lives might appear fade into a Savior lifted high.
Would God be more glorified in the other scenarios? I cannot answer only Him. Is The Father magnified beyond measure and raised above all? Without a doubt. Only to prompt tears and this question, ‘Lord, please teach me how to pray and be more like You and trust more like them?’
Luke 11:2 - …“When you pray, say: “‘Father, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come …”
Hold Me Jesus by Rich Mullins
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