Prayer that glorifies Christ

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John 14:11-14

Joh 14:11 Trust me because I am in the Father and the Father is in me. Otherwise, trust because of the works themselves.

Joh 14:12 “I am honestly telling you, the one who trusts in me will also do the works that I do. And he will do even more works than these, because I am going to the Father.

Joh 14:13 Whatever you ask in my name, I will do it so that the Father may be glorified in the Son.

Joh 14:14 If you ask me anything in my name, I will do it.

Prayer that glorifies Christ

It is important not to separate the promise in verse 14 from the command in verse 11. The “anything” in verse 11 is not an unqualified “anything.” Jesus is not saying that if I ask for a new car, he’s obligated to produce one for me. There is a purpose for the kind of prayer that Jesus promises to answer. That purpose must be to glorify (δοξάζω) Christ. The more Christ is glorified, the more people will believe in him and put their trust in him (πιστεύω).

So, this is what Jesus is saying: God had some works (ἔργα) to do, and Jesus did those works while down here among us. Those works glorified him. God still wants to do those works through followers of Jesus, to continue glorifying his Son. When we cooperate with God’s plan by discerning the work he wants done, and ask for that work to be done by Jesus and him or herself together, in Jesus’ name – Jesus will do it.

Lord, tune us in to the works you want to do today, and give us the courage to pray boldly for your miraculous power.

About Jefferson Vann

Jefferson Vann is pastor of Piney Grove Advent Christian Church in Delco, North Carolina. You can contact him at -- !
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