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Imagine Daily Devotion: Day, 19, February 21, 2018

By Pat Nagel in Trinity Lutheran Church about 1 year ago | 2687 views

By: Pastor Tom Gibbons 

Scripture Reading 
“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 14:13-14 

Think of a time when you really wanted something and pleaded with God that he would give it to you. What happened? Did you get what you asked for? 

In John 14 Jesus tells his disciples that they can ask for anything “in my name” and He will do what is asked. Really! Wow, what a position of privilege Jesus has given to His followers, anything we want and ask for in his name, He will do it for us! 

Now come on, anything? Here’s the qualifier, “anything in my name…” OK, so what does that mean, in Jesus’ name? I know from experience that calling on the name of Jesus in my prayer doesn’t guarantee that I will get the thing I prayed for. I’ve prayed calling on Jesus’ name that I would win the lottery – didn’t get it. Prayed earnestly and repeatedly in Jesus’ name for healing for a loved one and death came instead. Prayed in Jesus’ name for a peaceful reconciliation in a troubled relationship and it didn’t happen. So, what does it mean to pray asking for things in Jesus’ name, and I add from the text (John 14:14), “so that the Son can bring glory to the Father.” 

When we pray in Jesus’ name asking for those things that will bring glory to the Father, we have the assurance from the Son himself that He will give it to us. My asking for a big lottery win would not have given glory to the Father. I’m not the best money manager and the Father spared me the grief of having instant unearned monetary wealth at my disposal. When I prayed for healing for my father, the Lord granted that request with the ultimate eternal healing that is promised to all believers. Not what I wanted at the time, but he gave the greatest healing one can receive, life without end. Reconciliation of a relationship; I’m still wondering about that one – perhaps, yet to be revealed in God’s timing. I’ll wait and see. 

Living by faith trusting the promises of our Savior, receiving God’s forgiveness and giving it to others, and eagerly anticipating our eternal salvation all bring glory to the Father. These things he will do! Guaranteed! Test him in this. Pray for those things that will bring glory to the Father in Jesus’ name and believe that he will accomplish it. 

Father, help us to believe the promises of our Savior, Jesus Christ. Give us the confidence that our prayers in his name are heard and will be granted according to your will. Amen. 


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Tony Mintrup

Good timing on this, Pastor and good explanation. A friend reached out today with a prayer request for a pending business, legal decision. I asked myself if it would glorify God to have the outcome go in his favor. Not sure, maybe God would be glorified in the unfavorable decision and subsequent events resulting in a better outcome/more glory. So, I tried to apply the truth in this verse and ended up with a prayer like “John – The only fact we can rest in is that God will provide regardless of the outcome. Praying that you have peace and faith in that and hoping God will be glorified in the outcome that is in your favor.”

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