GOD GETS THE GLORY, I GET THE JOY
And whatever you ask in My name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask anything in My name, I will do it.
And in that day you will ask Me nothing. Most assuredly, I say to you, whatever you ask the Father in My name He will give you. Until now you have asked nothing in My name. Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full.
These two passages are part of Jesus’s teaching on prayer. If you look carefully at these passages, they give us an incredible look into the dynamics of prayer. Notice the two results that the Lord said are attributed to prayer, God is glorified and we are filled with joy. This is a great picture of what prayer is, a recognition of God’s incredible wealth and our tremendous lack. His wealth meets our need which results in the overflow of joy in our lives. This is the heart of the message taught by Pastor John Piper.
“The most precious truth in the Bible is that God’s greatest interest is to glorify the wealth of His grace by making sinners happy in Him- IN HIM!!”
Prayer is a hungry heart calling out to the “more than enough” God. Prayer is a thirsty soul discovering the fountain of Living Water. Prayer is a hungry homeless man blessed with an “all you can eat buffet”. Don’t get me wrong, I am not talking about all the wonderful gifts of provision that the Lord so richly distributes, I am talking about Him. I am talking about discovering the greatest of all treasures, Christ Himself.
There are two discoveries in our life that will awaken our souls to this kind of prayer. First, the recognition of the lack and need in our lives, we are empty and thirsty and most of us never see it. Secondly, we must sense the incredible reservoir of spiritual life found in Christ, He is an overflowing fountain of life itself. Once these truths become real in our hearts, we begin our journey down the greatest of all paths. We soon find ourselves realizing and fulfilling our ultimate purpose in life. And, what would that be, to glorify God by enjoying our fellowship with Him.