Oh, Lord won’tcha buy me a Mercedes Benz. My friends all have Porches, I must make amends.
THAT IS NOT PRAYER!
Many believe prayer is asking for things and expecting to get them. That is an element of prayer. John 14: 13 does say “whatever you ask…. I will give it…” Yep, it says that alright. And there are many stories where a person has asked God for something and God has supplied. But that is not what prayer is all about.
Let’s look at those dots. John 14:13 goes on to say: Whatever you ask IN MY NAME I will give it…. So when we ask in His name He will give it. That doesn’t mean you just tack on those three words and God is obligated. Nope that doesn’t cut it either.
Since we now live our life for God our priorities begin to change, not all at once, or overnight, but they do change. The desire for more toys and more money to buy more toys isn’t as strong. The way we live our lives takes a different direction.
Now we start to ask “Lord, help me to live a life that is pleasing to You” What we ask IN HIS NAME comes more into focus.
The last of the dots says THAT THE FATHER MAY BE GLORIFIED. Now that really changes things. We not only ask in Jesus name, a new accountability But that our Father may be glorified, a new direction.
More on prayer tomorrow…. If it comes