Aidan, our 6 year old son, recently had a friend over to play. The boys had a blast and the basement looked like a warzone as a result of their fun. As they were starting to clean up, my husband, Dave, went down to check on their progress. It was obvious that the boys weren’t enjoying the task at hand and when Dave asked what they were doing, they replied with… “We are asking God to help us clean up.”
We had a good laugh over this! Even though they were clearly procrastinating, we didn’t want to discourage their prayer efforts. The secular worldview would have us believe that prayer is a habit of old. That it is not necessary or important. But a Biblical worldview reminds us that prayer is everything.
For our family, a beautiful visual of prayer occurs in The Chosen. The Chosen is a television series that walks viewers through the life and ministry of Jesus. One of the common themes we’ve picked up on during the show is… prayer: a direct line of communication with God. Jesus prays morning, noon, and night. The disciples pray before meals. Each of their days begin and end with prayer.
The Bible talks about prayer in great detail. It is where we find strength, it is how we seek guidance and wisdom, and it is an intimate source of joy and peace. John 14:13-14 tells us that when we ask for things in the name of Jesus, He will accomplish those things and, by doing so, bring glory to God.
However, we need to be careful not to abuse Jesus’ words here. Jesus is not saying he will give us anything we ask for. No, the purpose of this promise is to glorify God. Meaning, when we ask for things in the name of Jesus, those things that we are asking for should be in agreement with God’s will. Jesus is not a genie-in-a-bottle here to grant us whatever our hearts desire. Instead, we are to teach our hearts God’s desires… and then talk to Jesus about them.
God desires to hear our hearts and to teach us His will.
Abundantly More – Knowing God and Making God Known.
You can ask for anything in my name, and I will do it, so that the Son can bring glory to the Father. Yes, ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it! – John 14:13-14 NLT
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