"I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Son may bring glory to the Father."
I have always felt destined to do great things. I can remember as a child, climbing a tall tree in my backyard to be closer to God's sense of peace. There I would pray in solitude waiting for guidance as to what he planned for my day. I felt an extreme closeness like no other sitting on that huge limb looking onward to the sky. There is where I found my reprieve, there is where the glory of God touched me most.
We all have that same privilege as children of God no matter how the years slip by. We don't have to climb trees to get closer to God because we are certain that we have a direct hotline to him every minute of every day. We know him personally John says so:
"And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Son may bring glory to the Father. You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it." (John 14:13-14)
"Then the Father will give you whatever you ask in my name." (John 15:16)
"I tell you the truth, my Father will give you whatever you ask in my name." (John 16:23)
So what is this praying in Jesus' name? Is it simply reciting his name that brings God's great power closer to our fingertips? It means our prayers should bring Glory to God and actually carry on Christ's work while using his name. In doing so I am also noting what Jesus is doing in my life along with what I am doing for others that brings sole contrast to this message.
In biblical times a person's name signified who he was. If I use Christ's name in prayer, my prayers will bring credit to him, not disrepute. So, using his name means I must ensure I am following in his footsteps. The privilege of knowing Christ and his name bears with it the responsibility of living up to that name. Just because I cry out in need, doesn't mean I can do so without thought. I must live what he teaches me.
Thank you for knowing me.
Help me to live in Christ's footsteps.
I ask you to humble my heart this season
so that I can use Jesus' name in a voice
that brings tribute.