John 14.12-14 cont.
12 In all sincerity I tell you: the one believing in Me and the works that I do, he will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father.
13 And I will do whatever you should ask in My name, so that the Father may be glorified through the Son.
14 I will do whatever you ask Me in My name.
Ellen G White (1827-1915) wrote these words:
“Prayer is the breath of the soul. It is the secret of spiritual power. No other means of grace can be substituted and the health of the soul be preserved.”
We tend to live quite busy lives. There is always something to do, people to care for, activities to get involved in. The time that we have at our disposal seems to get increasingly less, and even when we have some spare time there is a tendency for us to be so tired that it is easier to relax in front of the television than it is to spend time praying.
We know that we should spend more time praying. We know that the benefits of praying are a healthy soul, which leads to a healthy mind, spirit, and body.
Many of us may find that our praying is intermittent, praying short prayers on the spur of the moment. Such praying is not without its benefits, but it can leave us in a kind of spiritual poverty.
It is often said that we may spend more time trying to serve the King than we spend time with the King.
The discipline of spending more time in prayer with Jesus will also determine the manner in which we pray and what we pray for.
Jesus tells us: “I will do whatever you should ask in My name, so that the Father may be glorified through the Son”
We must take note of the qualification that Jesus added. Our prayers must be in His name. This is more than the attachment that is often added at the end of prayers ‘in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ’. Rather it is prayer that Ellen G White described: the breath of the soul, the secret to spiritual power.
To live physically we must always be breathing. To live spiritually we must always be praying, that is: we must constantly be relating to Jesus. This is the praying that opens our hearts to know the things He wants us to ask for.