Day 21 – The Prayer God Always Answers
“Now is my soul troubled. And what shall I say? ‘Father, save me from this hour’? But for this purpose I have come to this hour. Father, glorify your name.” Then a voice came from heaven: “I have glorified it, and I will glorify it again.” – John 12:27-28 (ESV)
On the eve of His crucifixion, Jesus was “troubled” in the depth of His being. He debated within Himself: “What shall I say?” Jesus knew that He could ask His Father to save Him from the cross. But this “hour” was the reason He came into the world. What a remarkable look at the human side of Jesus! Would we ever have dreamed that the Son of God would be at a loss for words, so deeply divided within Himself that He would cry, “What shall I say”? Jesus would finally settle the conflict with these words: “Father, glorify Your name.” That’s what to say when you don’t know what to say. That’s what to pray when you don’t know what to pray. It is always right to say, “Father, glorify Your name.”
Are you experiencing an especially difficult or perplexing time in your life? Ask God to bring glory to His name in that situation. Are you struggling with the reason for why something bad happened? Ask God to bring glory to His name through it. In his book, Don’t Just Stand There, Pray Something!, Ron Dunn relayed an experience during his college days where he wrestled with this kind of praying:
A friend and I decided to drive home for the weekend. We piled into my ’46 Ford and, both of us being ministerial students, I asked my friend to pray for a safe trip. I bowed my head, closed my eyes and heard him say, “Dear Lord, we pray that You will protect us and grant us traveling mercies – unless we can glorify Thee better on a hospital bed.” That was the last time I asked him to pray about anything.
We can be sure that God will always answer the prayer for His name to be glorified, even if it causes us temporary inconvenience, pain, or grief. If anyone knew the cost of praying this way, it was Jesus. But Jesus knew the heart of His Father. He knew that whatever brought God’s name the most glory would be the thing that would ultimately bring His children the most good. In that confidence, Jesus finally prayed, “Father, if it is Your will, remove this cup [of suffering] from Me; nevertheless, not My will, but Yours, be done.” (Luke 22:42)
Pray that God would glorify His name and show others His great worth through your life today, whatever may come.