31st October 2015

An Amazing Promise

“And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it.”
John 14:13-14 (NIVUK)

What an amazing promise Jesus has given to us. All that we are required to do is to ask in his name. There is a qualification that is not stated in the verses above. It is understanding who Jesus is and why he came or why he was sent to us. He was sent by the Father in order to do the Father’s will. John 6:38 says, “For I have come down from heaven not to do my will but to do the will of him who sent me.” Jesus was speaking to the disciples, his followers, to those who believe in him. (John 14:12). This amazing promise is for believers, who are seeking to do God’s will. How can we know what is God’s will? His will for us and all of humanity is clearly revealed in the bible. Here are some examples:
1. To live by faith.
2. To trust in Christ.
3. To walk in the Spirit.
4. To Love one another.

All of the above are in perfect harmony with God’s will. As a believer, if we ask for any of these attributes, and we ask in Jesus’ name, we are guaranteed to receive them. We have his promise. “I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God so that you may know that you have eternal life. This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears us – whatever we ask – we know that we have what we asked of him.” 1 John 5:13-15.

Now what about something or a situation where we do not know what is God’s will concerning the matter, e.g. choosing a marriage partner, looking for a new job, a health condition, moving to a new home, living abroad, a financial decision, etc. As each request will be unique, we must seek advice and pray for God’s will to be accomplished, knowing that he cares for each of us (1 Peter 5:7) and will always do what is best. “Don’t copy the behaviour and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.” (Romans 12:2 NLT)

Prayer
Father in heaven, my natural tendency is to be self-willed. Please enable me to earnestly seek your will for my life. In Jesus’s name I pray.
Amen

Study by Sherwin Scott

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Sherwin ScottAbout the Author: Sherwin Scott is a Deacon in the congregation of Grace Communion Church in Lewes.

Local Congregation:
Grace Communion – Lewes
The Priory School
Mountfield Road
LEWES BN7 2XN

Meeting time:
Saturday 11:00am

Local Congregational Contact:
Hilary Buck
Email: hilaryjbuck@gmail.com

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