In the same way Peter boldly asked for Jesus’ help, “Lord, save me” (Matthew 14.30), we’re to boldly ask for God’s help in the midst of our mess or relational dysfunction. Fully investing in our relationship with God involves daily, enduring, intimate, and bold conversation (prayer). It involves what Jesus meant when he told his disciples, “And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it” (John 14.13-14).
Now, before we conclude that God is our “vending machine” and all we need to do is “push the button” of prayer, we need to understand what Jesus is really saying. Asking “in Jesus’ name” involves prayer in harmony with God’s character and concerns. In other words, we desire what Jesus desires and what accords with God’s will. It’s what will bring glory both to the Father and the Son.
As we spend time in the Row, Circle, and Chair, we slowly learn who God is and what he desires. As we do, our prayers reflect this growing understanding and greater intimacy. We can ask more boldly because we know better the will and desires of our loving Father. But it starts with understanding who he is.
Today, remind yourself of God’s goodness by listening to Casting Crown’s version of “Good, Good Father.” Whatever you ask for today, pray for God’s goodness to be seen in the midst of it.