Forty Days of Prayer March 22
One aspect of prayer we have mentioned a little is praying in Jesus name. It is a frequent point Jesus makes when teaching prayer to His disciples. Here is one of the verses from the Gospel of John where Jesus teaches that truth.
And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Son may bring glory to the Father. You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it. (John 14:13-14)
There is power in the name of Jesus, because He is the Son of God. This past week I told this story at the Wednesday night service in the Children’s Sermon. A man saw a young boy looking anxiously down the street and stood still waiting and watching. A man walked and asked him what he was doing? He said, I am waiting for the bus. The man told him he needs to go down the street to the bus stop. The boy did not seem to listen and so the man said it again, to go on down the street to the bus stop and wait for the bus, otherwise it will not stop for you here. The boy said the bus will stop for me here. Just then the bus appeared and to the man surprise the bus stopped right in front of the boy. Surprised the man asked the boy why did the bus stop for him? The boy responded the driver is my “Dad.” That relationship has its privileges. Jesus wants us to pray with that type of confidence.
The other crucial part of this passage is who is getting the glory? Quite often when we pray, we are focused on wanting things for ourselves. Has anyone ever prayed to win the lottery? I know people have promised God for a share in the winnings but who is getting all of the attention and glory? In these cases it is most likely not God. Another aspect of when we pray we need to be reminded of is what are we trying to do? Is it to bring fame and glory to God’s Son and our Lord? If that is the case amazing things are going to happen. Jesus says ask in His name.
In Christ’s Service, Pastor Dave
Jesus, Your name is powerful. Your name teaches us who You are, and we in turn learn who we are. We can pray in confidence in Your name. Help our lives bring glory to You and to the Father. Amen.