With Christ in the School of Prayer

Day 20 – The Chief End of Prayer

“I am going to the Father. Whatever you ask in my name, I will do it, so that the Father may be glorified through the Son.” – John 14:13.

In this verse from the Gospel of John, Jesus reveals the central purpose of prayer: to glorify the Father through the Son. As we delve into the essence of prayer, we uncover a truth that reshapes our understanding of why we pray. It’s not merely a tool for presenting our needs or expressing our desires, but an avenue for glorifying God.

Jesus, during His earthly ministry, exemplified a life entirely dedicated to glorifying the Father. His every action, word, and prayer were not for self-glorification but aimed at honoring the One who sent Him. This model set by Jesus invites us to reevaluate the driving force behind our prayers. Are they centered on our needs and wants, or do they echo the heart of Jesus in seeking the Father’s glory?

The call to align our prayers with the purpose of glorifying God might seem challenging, especially when our human nature often leans towards self-interest. However, the transformation of our prayer life begins with a shift in our daily living. As we seek to glorify God in every aspect of our life, this purpose naturally permeates our prayers. When our daily actions resonate with the command to ‘do all to the glory of God,’ our prayers become an extension of this commitment.

Living for God’s glory is not a feat we achieve on our own. It’s a transformation that takes place as we surrender ourselves to Jesus, allowing His spirit to guide and mold us. As we grow in our relationship with Him, our motives and intentions are refined, aligning our prayers with the divine purpose of glorifying God.

The realization that our prayers should focus on God’s glory brings us to a point of introspection. It challenges us to examine our motives and realign our prayers, making them conduits of God’s glory. This realignment not only brings us closer to God but also ensures that our prayers are in tune with His will.

In embracing this truth, we find a profound sense of purpose and fulfillment in our prayer life. As we ask in Jesus’ name, with the aim of glorifying the Father, our prayers become powerful instruments in the divine plan.

Word in Action:

Reflect on the purpose behind your prayers. Are they aligned with the goal of glorifying God? Seek to transform your prayer life, making it a reflection of your desire to honor and glorify the Father.

Wonder in the Word:

How can you more consistently align your daily actions and prayers with the purpose of glorifying God?