The Northfield

  2535 Shore Road

  Northfield, NJ 08225

  (609)646-1181

Church of Christ

02/23/2008

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"And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Son might bring glory to the Father" (John 14:13).

Lots of people pray. Some believe in prayer but do not pray. Some pray without expectation of an answer. They go through the ritual, but do not pray from the heart with a believing faith. The Bible defines prayer in simple terms. It uses words like ask, cry, or call to describe it. "Ask and it shall be given to you" (Matt 7:7). This places us in a position of dependence upon God. Jesus said in John 14:14, "You may ask me for anything in my name and I will do it." This says that God really wants to answer prayer, and has given His promise that He will.

In today's scripture, two conditions are mentioned for our prayer to be effective. The first is one that we all know but usually forget why. We are to ask "in His name." This more than just saying, "in Jesus name I pray." Praying in Jesus name adds an authority to our prayer. It helps us to realize that we are without merit on our own. It is Jesus who intercedes for us to the Father. It is asking according to His will, praying as He would pray.

It is kind of like writing a check. Our signature at the bottom gives validity to it. Someone else can cash the check because our signature has added the "promise" to it. According to today's scripture, all of God's resourses are available to us. God issues to us a supply of "heavenly checks" They are issued from the "bank of heaven" for our use. Jesus' signature (asking in His name) gives them authority to be honored. God hears and answers our prayers not because we are deserving but because we have asked in the name of His Son.

I mentioned that there were two conditions for answered prayer. The other is that through the Son the Father is glorified. As we pray do we ask in His name that the father is glorified? This is how the Lord wants to be asked, not out of our desires, but for His glory.

What a wonderful promise God has given to us. "And I will do whatever you ask in my name." This indeed glorifies the Father.

Have a great weekend and a wonderful worship to the Lord on His day.....Make a difference for Him... Love mark Phil. 4:11

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