Praying disciples are working disciples. When they pray and work, Jesus works in and through them, and great things happen.
Their prayers, to be effective, had to be prayers in Jesus’ name. “In Jesus’ name” is not a pass code to get us into heaven’s throne room. A prayer in Jesus’ name is a prayer that is in accord with His will. It’s what Jesus would have prayed were He physically present.
They were able to pray in His name because they had His mind and His heart. When we truly want what God wants and turn such desires into prayer, those prayers will be prayers in Jesus’ name. When the Spirit of truth lives in us and makes God’s will known to us, we will pray in Jesus’ name. Praying in Jesus’ name makes intercession work. Both our asking and the Father’s giving depend on it. Such prayers will not be prayers for special favors related to worldly comforts or personal pleasures. They will be prayers by which God’s grace is released in the lives of those we pray for.
Jesus didn’t make this promise just to His twelve disciples. When He said, “Anyone who has faith in me will do what I have been doing,” He was including you, if you are a believer, and me and about two billion other believers in the world today. What a great and far-reaching plan. Imagine what would happen in the world today if all two billion of us stepped out into works of service and, at the same time, asked Him to work in and through us. Would that be world-changing or what? That is what Jesus had in mind when He spoke these words. That is how He intends to “bring glory to the Father.” In Jesus’ way of thinking we are not just believers; we are His praying servants doing great works as He works His works in us. We are intercessors accomplishing His will and releasing His power and love in the world.
–Adapted from Praying God’s Heart (Prayers that Make a Difference) by Alvin VanderGriend.
Spirit of Truth, teach me to have the mind and heart of Jesus and to pray in ways that release Your grace into the lives of others. Use me to change the world and to bring glory to the Father! In Jesus’ Name I ask these things!
Praise God, whose mind and imagination created the stars, the earth, and the life of all creatures. Give thanks for the reaches of God’s knowledge, which far exceeds the limits of the human mind. Confess the times in this past week when you have leaned on your own understanding and not followed the teachings of the Lord (Hos. 14:9). Commit yourself to studying the Bible regularly to learn what God has to teach you. Ask the Lord to make his Word as sweet as honey (Ps. 19:10).
Pray for young adults and their parents, that the teaching of the Lord may be a living faith passed down from parent to child.
–Prayer Points taken from Patterns for Prayer by Alvin VanderGriend