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Thursday, December 14, 2017

John 14:12-14

Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also; and greater works than these he will do, because I go to My Father. And whatever you ask in My name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask anything in My name, I will do it.
John 14:12-14

Jesus spoke the above verses to His disciples the night before He was crucified. In His entire discourse to them that night, Jesus mentions prayer at least five times and John gives the entirety of chapter 17 as an example of how to pray. Like building blocks, each time Jesus mentions prayer, He adds new insights, new promises, and new principles.

Without getting into the mystery of what "greater works" Jesus is referring to in verse 12, suffice it to say that we should be asking BIG prayers for "impossible" works for God to do through us.

There are two important prerequisites given here for getting our prayers answered: 1) We must ask in Jesus' name and 2) we must ensure we are asking for what will bring glory to God.

Asking in Jesus' name is not a magical formula nor should it be a mindless phrase tacked onto our prayers. Our requests require a mediator, Jesus, for them to be answered, and it is humbly in His name that we ask.

Secondly, our requests must have as their motivation the glory of God. We should not pray selfishly or for stuff that will make us look good. Our prayers should always be formed around this ultimate goal of God's glory. If we cannot authentically add "that the Father may be glorified" to the end of every request, we cannot claim the promises in these verses.

Tom Day



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