If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it. John 14:14I've become more and more alarmed as I hear this verse thrown about as if it were some sort of blank check. We come to God with our list of demands and He heads of to fulfill them. After all, He said he'd do that, right? Okay, perhaps we don't exactly call it a list of demands. Putting it so bluntly might make us squirm a bit because it sounds well, perhaps a bit disrespectful but isn't that exactly what it is?
When we pluck out a scripture we like and twist it and turn it according to what sounds good to us, when we refuse to hold up our interpretation of a verse against the rest of the Word of God we are not quoting the Word of God... we are quoting our word. There is a difference.
This seems pretty straight forward at first glance, doesn't it. We ask and God does it. Simple, right?
Well, if you probe a bit deeper, you find something interesting happening in the Garden of Gethsemene which is a few chapters later. John doesn't record this prayer of Jesus' but Luke does.
Jesus has gone to the Garden to pray. He is in agony for he knows what is about to take place. There was a terrible battle going on. Even though Jesus was God made flesh, He came and dwelt among us... as one of us. This means He experienced the same reactions you or I would have if we knew we were going to be arrested, tortured, ridiculed by the very people we were trying to save and executed. Would you want to go through that? Neither did He!
In all honesty, His mind and body were fighting to live. He didn't want to have to go through it. He cries out to God in agony but then prays:
Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done. Luke 22:42 (NIV)
Do you see what just happened? Jesus laid down His will and took up the will of the Father. This is what Jesus meant when He said that when he said he would do what we asked. He was talking about when we lay down our own will and take up God's.
When we walk with God, when we listen to His voice, when we desire to follow Him with our whole heart, our will becomes conformed to that of Christ's. Above all, we don't want our own will done, we want the will of God to be done.
And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us: 1 John 5:14According to His will... not ours...
May our will become conformed to the will of God!
When we "ask n Jesus' name, we are putting His credibility, His PURITY on the line. He will NOT go against the Father's will.
We far too often go to the [i]rhema[/i] (verses of small bits) of God's Word rather than the [i]logos[/i] (the entirety).
From "In the beginning..." through "Amen" it is one story, one Book.