|Chapter 20 The Chief end of Prayer 3/13/2018
NIV John 14:13
And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son.
1. Why will Jesus do all that we ask Him?
2. When will He not answer our prayers?
3. How does self-interest and self-will hinder our prayers?
4. What is the condition of prayers that Jesus can answer?
5. What two steps can we take to assure our prayers are answered?
6. What can bring you into perfect unison with Christ?
THAT the Father may be glorified in the Son: it is to this end that Jesus on His throne in glory will do all we ask in His Name. Every answer to prayer He gives will have this as its object: when there is no prospect of this object being obtained, He will not answer. It follows as a matter of course that this must be with us, as with Jesus, the essential element in our petitions: the glory of the Father must be the aim and end, the very soul and life of our prayer.
Because He gave Himself so entirely to the glory of the Father, the Father crowned Him with glory and honour, giving the kingdom into His hands, with the power to ask what He will, and, as Intercessor, to answer our prayers. And just as we become one with Christ in this, and as our prayer is part of a life utterly surrendered to God’s glory, will the Saviour be able to glorify the Father to us by the fulfilment of the promise: ‘Whatsoever ye shall ask, I will do it.’