Can you believe this?
“I tell you the truth, anyone who believes in me will do the same works I have done, and even greater works, because I am going to be with the Father. You can ask for anything in my name, and I will do it, so that the Son can bring glory to the Father. Yes, ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it!” John 14:12–14
These are the words of Jesus, the Son of God, the Savior of the world and of my soul. He is the wisdom that created the world alongside His Father in Genesis. He states in the verse above three times that if we ask He will give. Ask and receive. This truth is spread throughout the Gospels. Simple right?
I believe in Him. I believe He loves me. I believe He died for me. I believe He is the wonder working all knowing all powerful God.
I don’t question His ability to do anything He wants to do. I do have questions though. Will He only do what I ask if my prayer is for the benefit of others? How should I ask? How long do I have to ask for? What if I have already asked and haven’t seen Him move? Do I believe that anything I ask for He will actually do? Can I believe this? Can I stand up as a first hand witness of this truth?
Sadly for me, a natural question asker, a list of “questions” come up in my mind from doubt long before a list of needs come to my heart in faith.
Jesus gently challenged me today, as He usually does, to ask of Him in faith not question Him in doubt.
When we ask:
- We believe He is well able.
- We believe that He will act on our behalf. *It’s not enough to believe that He can, we must believe that He can and He will move for us personally.
- We believe God loves us.
When we question:
- We do not believe we are qualified. *Jesus answers our prayers based on His goodness not ours.
- We believe are are qualified to discount the Word of God based on past disappointments or experiences.
- We believe God has something to prove to us.
Don’t let questioning God masquerade as asking. You will be disappointed and lacking for no reason. Jesus sits on the throne in intercession on our behalf waiting for us to call on Him not only for salvation but for our needs and desires. Ask Him for what you need. Believe He will do it for you so you can stand as a witness to this truth. So I ask you again, “Can you believe this?”