"… Whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son." – John 14:13.
In order to accomplish His high purpose, Jesus showed us His purpose in answering our prayers when He said, "… That the Father may be glorified in the Son." To glorify the Father, the Son has given His converted (born again) people the absolute right to ask anything in His Name. So with this remarkable truth in mind, it is not difficult to appreciate that the possibilities in prayer are as great as the purpose of the Son of God. It is simply apparent that every prayer presented in the Name of the Son must be given for the specific purpose of acquiring the things that will bring glory to our heavenly Father.
Our Savior is in the final moments of His public ministry, with His disciples at the Last Supper, He give these words words that are preserved for us by John. He speaks to the men whose instruction time is about to end. They had heard the "Sermon on the Mount" to pray, to believe and to trust the Father to give them all good gifts of this life; but this night He points to something much higher that is to be accomplished through prayer and faith. These faithful men were to go and perform His works, yes, but Jesus did not stop there. He said they were to do even greater works than he had accomplished during his ministry in the world. Wow! Then our Master went on to show them that by praying in His Name, Jesus, this is the channel through which the authorized power is acquainted to carry out the works that glorify our Father in the Son.
Jesus' disciples were about to enter into a new era in their praying and working. Our Savior did not give them power while with them here on earth, however He now wanted to enable them to do greater things for Him. He promised to pass on the power from heaven to accomplish greater works for Him in this world. That promise is His Holy Spirit. Jesus intended for His chosen apostles to go and bring in a lot of fruit, saying,
"Herein is my father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples." – John 15: 8.
The strong courage the apostles had to witness for Him, the miracles carried out in His Name, and the torment endured for His sake, are the living testimonials of the power that was received because of the fervent prayers presented to our Father in His Son's Name , Jesus.
Is not this the same Christ today? The same Jesus, who worked in them and through them in that day and time? Is this the same changeless Christ who wills to work in and through his people in these last days? That which is true regarding the Savior's works accomplished by His faithful disciples is still very true regarding his works to be achieved by us, His faithful people, of this present age. If we, God's people expect to carry out the works of Christ that will glorify our Father, then we must believe in Him for the very work's sake, and pray fervently in His Name.
By Ramon Ross
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