I never understood how powerful prayer could be until I realized that the power of prayer centers on it’s purpose. Most of my prayers have always centered on requests for God to meet physical needs, and while our need for sustenance and physical healing are definitely things Jesus taught us to pray for, should they comprise the majority of our prayer life. If we objectively analyze our prayers, we will see that we pray for the most is likely what drives our purpose for praying in the first place. We tend to be physically-minded.

Jesus said: “Whatever you ask in my name, this I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask me anything in my name, I will do it.” (John 14:13-14‬) When we pray in Jesus name, so that God may be glorified—it transforms our purpose for praying, AND we engage the promise of Jesus: “I will do it.”

How does this work?

Recently when out hiking, a huge boulder I was standing on suddenly dislodged from the hillside and was on target to roll over my entire body. Miraculously, it only caught my left leg. After the initial shock passed, my initial prayer was for God to take away the excruciating pain. As I continued to pray, the Spirit, who will intercede for us when we pray, changed the direction of my prayer. I began thanking God it wasn’t worse, and asking that this miracle be used to bring glory to Him. The pain was still there, but my prayer was changed.

How?

The Bible says: “the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words. And he who searches hearts knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.” (‭‭Romans‬ ‭8:26-27‬) When our greatest desire is to live for God’s glory, our heart is opened to allow the Spirit to intervene in our prayer life and bring it into accord with God’s will.‬‬ THEN, we engage the powerful “I will do it,” promise of Jesus!

While the leg healed slowly, there were many opportunities for the story to be told—just like now. My left leg may not ever be the same as it was before the encounter with a thousand pound rock, but the glory God has received by sharing how He spared my life is a testament for His glory. Is there any greater purpose for my life?

When we live that the “Father may be glorified“—through us, as He was “in his Son”—the Holy Spirit changes the purpose of our prayers, triggering this exceedingly powerful promise of Christ. (John 14:13-14)

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