Our scripture this week is John 14:1-14.
And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it. John 14:13-14
Jesus makes a promise to His disciples that whatever is asked in His name will be done. He tells us when we pray earnestly, God listens and is aware of our needs. The key here is that the name of Jesus is powerful and we should not ask for anything frivolously.
However, Jesus wants us to know that through prayer in His name, we can share our deepest issues, our greatest hurts and our highest joys with God. Our prayers are precious and serious to Him. No matter the situation, God expects and wants to hear from us.
We know that God answers prayer according to His plan, not our own human desires. It is not a wishing well or a magic lamp to give us what we want. Prayer is a serious and intimate communication with our Creator, a chance to speak and listen, to know that He is always working for our eternal good.
Loving Lord, we often come in prayer only to ask for things. Forgive our selfishness. May we be thankful for Your blessings and give You the glory always. Amen.