God cares that we have what we need and desires to bless us as we lay our requests before him. He has commanded us to pray and is disappointed when we don’t. But prayer is not about getting what we want; it is ultimately about glorifying God.
But thankfully, through prayer God showers us with his blessings and he demonstrates his sovereignty, love, wisdom and grace. He puts his glory on display!
Something special happens when we offer our heartfelt requests to God and ask him to bring people into a saving relationship with him through Jesus. If that person comes to faith, we rejoice and thank God for showing his grace and power. Certainly God saves people even when we don’t pray, but our prayers give us the opportunity to see God at work and to give him glory for who he is and what he does. God answers prayer for his benefit more than for ours.
During his final talks with the disciples, Jesus gave them a great promise about prayer: “You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it” (John 14:14). This promise assured the disciples that God would answer their prayers if they made a request in Jesus’ name, but more importantly, Jesus explained that the primary reason that he would answer prayers asked in his name was “so that the Father may be glorified in the Son” (John 14:13).
Just as the angels praised God for the birth of Jesus (Luke 2:10-14), our prayers give glory to our Almighty God!
But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”
Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,
“Glory to God in the highest heaven,
and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”
So let God be glorified through your prayers as you invite his Kingdom to come into our world.
Jane Hall, NCF National Director