The question of when we will be gathering together again has been the subject of much prayer and discussion by our church’s leadership. We are asking God for wisdom as we attempt to follow the guidelines of New York State and New York City regarding the timing for reopening our church campus. At the same time, we are making plans and putting protocols in place to ensure your safety and well-being when we are able to meet again. Stay tuned for updates as more information becomes available.  

In the meantime, we hope that you will continue to join us for Tuesday Prayer Onlinebeginning at 7pm; Sunday Worship Online, beginning at 9am; and weekday Devotions Onlinebeginning at 10am. We also invite you to check the Churchwide Announcements on our home page to learn about additional online events for each member of your family.

For the Glory of God

Thursday, March 5, 2020

“And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son.” (John 14:13 NIV)

Before he left this earth, Jesus told his disciples they could ask for anything in his name.  That should encourage us today to pray about that wayward son or daughter, or that financial bind, or health concern, or broken heart.  Yes, the answer is important as we pray in Jesus’ name, but the purpose is even more important.  Notice that Jesus said we can ask anything in his name and he will do it.  Why?  So that the Father may be glorified in the Son.  The purpose of all prayer—in fact, of everything—is so God will be glorified.

Do you know why there are trees on planet earth?  To glorify God.  Do you know why God put the sun in the sky?  Not only to warm the planet, but so that he would be glorified.  A man, a woman, a baby, music, the creatures of the sea—name anything in the universe, and it was created for the glory of God.  Today is Thursday, March 5.  Why did God give us another day?  For his glory.  If we have a job, it’s for the glory of God.  Even if there are mountains in our lives, guess what?  It’s so God could be glorified as he walks with us through those problems.

This realization changes our prayers.  We can’t ask for anything that’s selfish, if we want it to be for the glory of God; or for something bad to happen to another person who perhaps is causing us trouble.  No, this simplifies things.  We don’t need a hundred commandments.  We just need to remember that everything is for the glory of God.  Let this be our guide as we come to the Lord in prayer today and every day.

Read John 14:5-14.

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