Recently I heard an explanation on asking for things in prayer.  Scripture tells us several times that people were healed of blindness, deafness, demons, and death by simply asking.  In John 14 Jesus makes reference to asking for anything in His name and it will be answered.  He even goes on to say that you will do even greater things than He had done.  So I’ve been wondering and pondering this for a while and hopefully my enlightenment will open your eyes or remind you of what God is capable of and willing to do.

Now let’s clarify what we ask for first.  A common request of mine is for blessings on Denise and the rest of my family - that they will use words of encouragement not criticism, that their actions will bless not curse, that they will be aware of God’s constant presence in their lives, and that they will receive the peace that only comes from Him.  And of course I pray for their health, but I must say that I don’t always include that unless one of them is sick or hurting.  Now that brings me back to where I began.  When we ask God for healing why doesn’t it always happen exactly as we ask?

“I tell you the truth, anyone who believes in me will do the same works I have done, and even greater works, because I am going to be with the Father.  You can ask for anything in my name, and I will do it, so that the Son can bring glory to the Father.  Yes, ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it!”  John 14: 12-14.  Jesus' words to us are pretty clear, but as we study these words we see much more than just asking.  Is the request bringing glory to the Father?  That is what we must ask ourselves as we petition and intercede on behalf of others.  You see we are mostly western in our thought processes and western thought tells us that we are the source of what gets done.  But where Jesus is doing the most miraculous healing is in places and situations where those asking are seeking to bring glory to God.  For instance, we prayed that those people who were killed by ISIS would be freed instead of executed.  But in that horrific act we saw God deliver and receive them into Himself.  And because of their strong faith, there will be people who will trust in the truth of Jesus and do greater works.  Are we praying for the glorification of God to be magnified?

It is challenging I know but we are called to live lives that bring glory to God and why wouldn’t we want to?  Daily walking and talking with the One who gives us everything we could ever hope for or imagine is the best gift we’ve ever been given.  So keep praying and keep asking, but let’s remember that our requests are answered when we are asking to bring glory to God in that request.  God is good, all the time and all the time, God is good!

In Christ’s Love,
Romans 12