Scripture Lesson: John 14:13-15
13And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. 14If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it. 15If ye love me, keep my commandments.
Today we will continue to look at the Christian Survival Kit (John 14-17) for the promises that Jesus made to His people. Today’s promise is repeated in the Gospel on several occasions. As we stated in previous lessons, we will look at each of these promises individually. Hopefully the sheer fact that they are repeated will have an impact on our lives.
Today’s promise is one in the category that I call “blank check”. Many teachers and preachers have placed limits on what Jesus could have meant when He said these words but the truth is there are no limits which Jesus speaks of. He purposely uses words such as “whatsoever” and “anything” to let us know exactly what He means. Whatsoever you shall ask in my name, that will I do. This sounds very similar to Mark 11:24; “What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.” Again we ask ourselves, how can Jesus make these types of promises?
The key is the power of our words and what we believe. It goes back to Mark 11:23 where Jesus explains the law of confession. For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith. Since many times we verbalize our prayers, it is only nature that what we pray, what we ask God, will fall into this category. Why would God give us so much power, especially when we could use it in the wrong way?
He has given us this power because He has given us dominion over the Earth. That is a huge responsibly. And with that huge responsibility, we need huge power. If we are going to operate in our promise from yesterday which was to do “greater works”, we need this type of power.
Now I know you are thinking, Jesus is not going to give us everything we ask or speak and really believe. What about things that are not good for us or things that are not His will? Well, I have a news flash, He has done it before. We have all confessed some things that we really wanted and got them. Some of them were not good things. Let’s be real, we used this law of confession in the world before we knew about the power of God. We spoke up on a lot of people, places and things that were not good for us but they came anyway. We looked at those things as coming from the devil, and thereby gave him credit as a creator. Nowhere in the Word are we told that he has that type of power to create. The enemy just convinced us to use them in a way that would kill, steal and destroy.
Well, since we have all of this power, what is keeping us from speaking up a bunch of stuff that does not edify God? Nothing. Many people who are not saved or living for God use these principles every day. Jesus does ask us a simple question, what does it profit a man to gain the whole world but lose his soul. You still have eternity to deal with. So how do we do this right? The answer is found in verse 15. If you love Jesus, keep His commandments. If you keep His commandments which are loving God and then loving your neighbor, you won’t use this power in the wrong way.
My words are powerful. Therefore, I will not use my words to hurt but to bring life to those around me. I believe that my prayers are answered. I rejoice and I am grateful for the promise that I can ask any thing in Jesus name, and that He will do it. In Jesus Name, Amen.
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