For the Glory of God
“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.