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REFLECTION: The Resource of Prayer

What we learn from John 14:13…..

 

SKYWORD 052

Whatsoever ye shall ask in My name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. (John 14:13)

These words of the Lord Jesus were addressed to His disciples shortly before His death. He had spoken to them about leaving them and returning to His Father in heaven, but He would not leave them alone. After His departure the Holy Spirit would be sent to abide with them and to exercise His ministry as the Comforter (v.16). Another great resource was promised to these disciples too — the resource of prayer.

 

 

In this one verse we are told a great deal about prayer. The first thing to notice is its vast scope. Just as the gospel invitation is addressed to “whosoever will”, so prayer has its equivalent “whatsoever”. There is no subject too complex to pray about, but neither is there anything too insignificant to bring to God. We may pray about matters involving thousands of other people, and we may pray about concerns that are intensely personal and known to nobody else. How wonderful to know that prayer topics are unrestricted as we come before our God!

 

Another thing we learn from our Saviour is that we must pray in His name. This does not mean simply tagging on His name at the end of our prayers. Our requests must meet with His divine approval and must not be motivated by selfish interests. The Lord Jesus never sought His own will but that of His Father. In the same way He promises that if we ask in His name He will answer our requests.

 

 

THE REAL PURPOSE

We must also notice why we are given this instruction to pray. It is “that the Father may be glorified in the Son” through those prayers being answered. Our praying should not be to gratify our own desires but to glorify our Father in heaven. He is glorified through His Son: that is why our prayers are to be in His name.

 

For the believer, prayer is a great privilege. Those who are unsaved know nothing about it. Let us avail ourselves of this God-given opportunity each day, our desire always being “that the Father may be glorified in the Son.”

 

1. What a Friend we have in Jesus,

All our sins and griefs to bear!

What a privilege to carry

Everything to God in prayer!

Oh, what peace we often forfeit!

Oh, what needless pain we bear!

All because we do not carry

Everything to God in prayer.

 

2. Have we trials and temptations?

Is there trouble anywhere?

We should never be discouraged;

Take it to the Lord in prayer.

Can we find a friend so faithful

Who will all our sorrows share?

Jesus knows our every weakness;

Take it to the Lord in prayer.

 

3. Are we weak and heavy-laden,

Cumbered with a load of care?

Precious Saviour, still our refuge—

Take it to the Lord in prayer.

Do thy friends despise, forsake thee?

Take it to the Lord in prayer;

In His arms He’ll take and shield thee,

Thou wilt find a solace there.

J. Scriven