– John 14:12-14
Jesus told His disciples that they could ask for anything. He even said that when we ask in His name that what we ask for would be given to us. Anyone who has faith in me will do what I have been doing and greater. Let’s consider the context here. It wasn’t an open invitation for the will of man to reign. It was an invitation for man to participate in the will of God through prayer. It was about us asking for things that will bring glory to God. Asking “in my name” is all about the will of God being done on earth as it is in heaven.
Is God obligated to answer our prayers in the way we want Him to? No, He’s not. Does God want you to have a million-dollar home and drive a Hummer? Not sure. Does God want you to be healed of that diagnoses, disease, or physical challenge? Possibly. Is He able? Yes. I don’t know His exact plan for your life. What I do know is this: God is a good and faithful God.
When it comes to God’s character, faithfulness doesn’t mean that He will always come through for us in the way we expect. It means He will see His plans through to completion, that He will keep His promises, that He will continue to work in our lives for our ultimate good – not necessarily our immediate happiness. If we think that God can’t say no to us, then we’ve put ourselves on the throne and not God. Prayer is not about getting God to do what we want Him to do; it is about releasing God’s will on earth as it is in heaven (Matthew 6:10). It doesn’t change His mind and He’s not a genie in a bottle whose wish is our command. God is God--and He is faithful, no matter which way He moves.