How to ask so miracles do happen

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In John 14:12 & 13, Jesus says to us, “Truly, truly, I tell you, whoever believes in Me will do the works that I am doing and even greater things. And I will do whatever you ask in My name, so that the Father may be glorified.” Well then, why do we have unanswered prayers? Terry Modica uses an often over-looked clue in this scripture to turn your prayer requests into miracles.

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How to ask so miracles happen

One of my favorite scriptures is John 14:12. Jesus says, “Truly, truly, I tell you” — and, you know, whenever he says it twice, “truly, truly”, he saying, “Listen, this is very, very important. I tell you, whoever believes in Me will do the works that I’m doing. And in fact, he will do even greater things than I’ve been doing, because I’m going to the Father.”

When Jesus goes to the Father, he will send us the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit manifests God’s divine power in us and through us — in us for our own faith growth, and for others through us, so that we can bring the world to Christ, so that we can minister to others and be Christ’s hands and feet, doing the works of Jesus in this world today. In other words, we’re supposed to be able to do miracles!

Scripture is never meant to be read one verse at a time, out of context with the bigger picture. He says, “Truly, truly I tell you: Whoever believes in Me…” verse 13: “Whatever you ask in My name, I will do, so the Father may be glorified in the Son.” His motive is the glorification of God the father.

This needs to be our motivation anytime we ask for miracles. See, we don’t ask rightly. We don’t receive what we asked for, because we’re not asking rightly. We are not asking for God to be glorified as the primary, most important reason for the asking.

James 4:2 says, “You do not have because you do not ask.” But we say, “Wait a minute! I pray every day. I’m always asking God for things and I’m still waiting for him to answer my prayers. He answered some of them, yes. But there are some very important things he hasn’t answered yet.”

Let’s continue into verse 3 to see what James means here. “And when you do ask, you do not receive because you ask with wrong motives. What were the wrong motives he’s talking about? He says right here, “You squander it on your own pleasures.”

Go down the list of all the prayer requests that you’ve had in which you feel like God has rejected you, abandoned you, forgotten you, doesn’t care about what you’re praying about. Do an examination of conscience with that list. How many of those prayer requests are based on what you want?

Do our prayer requests glorify God? Or are they for selfish motives?

God does want us to ask things for ourselves. God does want us to say, “Hey Daddy, I’m your child.

When we pray for something that benefits us, it is asking selfishly. But think about: How can the answer to this prayer glorify God? How can the answer to this prayer be turned into ministry? How can God solving my problem, healing me, getting me the new job — whatever — how can the miracles I seek be turned into ministry? I want to glorify God with it.

And if we don’t find any way to glorify the Lord with what we’re asking for, then we need to change our prayer request. We need to stop expecting God to give us what we want, and we need to stop blaming God when he doesn’t give us what we want. We need to do a good examination of conscience and look at what is most important to God. This is what should be most important to us.

In Matthew 6:33 Jesus says, “Seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added onto you.”

Also see these WordBytes:
https://wordbytes.org/holy-spirit/

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