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.
In these verses we learn the true purpose of prayer. It is that the Father may be glorified through the Son. We may have many ideas about the purpose of prayer.
For some it is to use God as a sounding board, an opportunity to have a rant over some matter.
For others prayer is the gateway to experiencing more of the wonderful presence of our Heavenly Father.
Then there are those who see prayer as a religious rite that is required of us.
Still others find that praying is therapeutic, bringing relief to the soul.
Yet the real purpose of prayer is that the Father may be glorified through the Son.
Therefore, as we begin to pray it is good for us to ask ourselves: “Is my time of prayer going to bring honour and glory to my Heavenly Father through Jesus”?
The simple truth is that whatever we ask in accordance with the will of Jesus will bring glory to the Father.
How is glory (honour, high esteem) brought to the Father? It is through Him granting us what we have asked for in accordance with the will of Jesus.
John wrote in his first letter:
14 And this is the boldness, which we have towards Him, that if we ask anything that is in accordance with His will, He hears us.
15 And if we know that He hears us, whatever we might ask we know that we have the things that we have asked from Him – 1 John 5.14-15.
We see His glory in the fact that He listens to us. He is exalted amongst us through the answer He gives to us.
In our praying we need to be keener to see God glorified amongst us through answered prayer, than we are to see our prayers answered.
Therefore, when we pray it is necessary for us to consider if what we are praying will bring glory to our Heavenly Father.