THE PURPOSE OF PRAYER
by Dr. Dick Lindsey
Whatever you ask in My name, I will do it so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. – John 14:13
I had not seen Jimmy Draper for years, but on graduation day at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, he surprised me, calling me by my boyhood name, Dickey. It’s special when someone remembers your first name. Dr. Draper has that ability to remember names. You may not have the gift of remembering, but you do have the privilege of dropping the name of Jesus every time you pray.
Why do we pray in Jesus’ name? Well, the Lord tells us to in John 14:13. That’s true, but is it some kind of tradition or a magical phrase that guarantees an answer to your prayers? Why did the Lord Jesus make an emphasis of praying in His name? It means praying according to the will and purpose of our Lord and Savior. Remember as you pray that praying in Christ’s name involves requests and concerns presented to the Father according to His will (1 John 5:12).
Prayer: Lord, teach me to enjoy Your presence today. Remind me daily of Your ever-abiding presence in my life. Strengthen my faith and teach me to enjoy You to the fullest.
“The purpose of prayer is not for the disciple to give information to God. The purpose of prayer is intimacy with God.” -David Platt
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