And whatever you ask in My name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask anything in My name, I will do it. John 14: 13 – 14
Jesus made a promise to us that He would do anything for us, if only we ask. Jesus has also told us to ask, seek and knock, because He will give it, find it and open the doors for us (Matthew 7:7). There are many things I have prayed about and asked God for, believing they were good things, things that God would definitely want for me. Despite knowing that God answer prayers by either saying ‘Yes”, “No” or “Wait”, sometimes it is hard to believe and understand that God would withhold or postpone something good, for example – physical healing, a healthy marriage, a new job, a new home and other blessings.
The key to this promise, is that God answering this prayer has nothing to do with us. It’s all about Him. You see, Jesus said “And whatever you ask in My name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son” – Jesus will answer our prayer, but so that we will know the Mighty Power of the Our Father.
Personally, I am waiting right now for a prayer to be answered. I believe it is something that God would want for me and I have been pretty close to receiving it, in fact, I know the blessing is around the corner. But for some reason it has been delayed and I have been disappointed today.
Nevertheless, as I started reading this chapter, I found this passage comforting. I realized that God was telling me that though I am disappointed right now, He will answer this prayer. But it’s not even about me, it’s so that God’s name may be glorified, not mine.
I have to take myself out of this and trust Him – whatever He has in store – it will be best for me and for His glory.
Note: For a variety of reasons, I was behind in writing a blog for the last two days. Maybe that delay was for my benefit so that I could read this passage today and be comforted by its relevance to my situation. Maybe God knew I would be right here, in a place of frustration and impatience but as I write this, I feel this slipping away as I rest on God’s promise to answer my prayers according to His will and for His glory.
I am thankful that you are an All Powerful and All-Knowing God. I am thankful for your timing and for the message of comfort you have given to me today to calm my fears. Please help us all to turn to you when we need answers to our prayers. Please teach us to trust in You and Your timing, knowing that whatever you choose is for our benefit. Sometimes it is hard, especially when things do not go our way at the time when we want it to, but this is all for Your Glory.
Thank you for your gifts of loving us enough to shape our characters by through learning to trust in you.
In Jesus’ Name