Will Do

John 14: 13 – 14

And whatever you ask in My name, this I will do, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask Me anything in My name, I will do it.

In the book of John, I counted no less than six places where Jesus promises us that he and the Father will answer our prayers. Amazing! Why did he feel compelled to say over and over again, ask and I will do it? Look at John 15:7 from the God’s Word translation, “If you live in me and what I say lives in you, then ask for anything you want, and it will be yours.” Are you kidding me? Jesus said for us to ask for anything we want! That’s crazy! He said to ask for what we want, not what we need!

Whatever we ask in his name, he will do. Now to be honest, we don’t always think in those terms, but what a great big bunch of good news this is on a Monday morning. Surely Jesus understood what he was saying. I went looking for good news for today’s post and I found so many verses just in the book of John alone that I couldn’t use them all. Then, I asked myself, how many verses does it take? How many times does Jesus have to say a thing before it is gospel? Do I really need to find five or six verses of him saying I will do as you ask before we can believe it?

Jesus also said that he came to set the captives free (Luke 4: 18). Were we to grasp today’s passage with our hearts and believe it with our spirits, we, truly, would be set free. The world would change in an instant. That is very exciting! Can you imagine living in this reality? Let your mind, for a moment, think about how Jesus lived. What if you were the one who needed to turn water to wine? It is challenging to wrap our minds around this, but we are supposed to live in the earth as Jesus did. Actually, no, that is wrong. Jesus said we are supposed to do even greater things than he did, “Those who believe in me will do the things that I am doing. They will do even greater things because I am going to the Father,” (John 14: 12). So far most of us haven’t walked on water, changed water to wine, healed the blind or raised the dead. However, Jesus said we can. The point is that we are to live in this earth as he did. He is saying to us that we have the same pipeline to the Father that he did so that whatever we ask, God will do. Whatever we want, we need only ask the Father in Jesus’ name and it shall be done for us. Lord of Glory, help us to believe this! Help us to take these words of yours and deposit them into the deepest part of our spirits so they will produce a rich crop.

As I mentioned previously, I am working on a new series which is sure to be a blessing. I will be cutting back on my schedule for the summer and using this time to study. I will be sending one devotional a week, on Mondays. Remember, though, that I have provided some additional tools this year. Go to the Ivey Ministries website and click on the resources tab. There you will find the search tool instructions as well as the entire healing series. There are hundreds of devotionals archived on the website, certainly enough to keep you busy. We will continue the prayer list so while you are on the website, click on “Prayer Request” and leave us a prayer request. I know we all need prayer, and we all know someone who needs prayer so let’s put our team to work.