The Chief End of Prayer

“I go unto the Father.  And whatsoever ye shall ask in my Name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son’ That the Father may be glorified in the Son:  it is to this end that Jesus on His throne in glory will do all we ask in His Name.  Every answer to prayer He gives will have this as its object:  when there is no prospect of this object being obtained, He will not answer.  It follows as a matter of course that this must be with us, as with Jesus, the essential element in our petitions:  the glory of the Father must be the aim and end, the very soul and life of our prayer.           

It was so with Jesus when He was on earth.  ‘I seek not mine own honor:  I seek the honor of Him that sent me;’ in such words we have the keynote of His life.  In the first words of the son, that thy Son may glorify Thee.  I have glorified Thee on earth; glorify me with Thyself.’  The ground on which He asks to be taken up into the glory He had with the Father, is the twofold one:  He has glorified Him on earth; He will still glorify Him in heaven.  What He asks is only to enable Him to glorify the Father more.  It is as we enter into sympathy with Jesus on this point, and gratify Him by making the Father’s glory our chief object in prayer too, that our prayer cannot fail of an answer.  There is nothing of which the Beloved Son has said more distinctly that it will glorify the Father than this, His doing what we ask; He will not, therefore, let any opportunity slip of securing this object.  Let us make His aim ours: let the glory of the Father be the link between our asking and His doing:  such prayers must prevail.           

If we realize in our own life that our prayers are not motivated by the desire to see the Father and Son receive glory we must ask ourselves why.  The reason is often because of the separation  between the spirit of daily life and the spirit of the hour of prayer was too wide.  We begin to see that the desire for the glory of the Father is not something that we can awake and present to our Lord when we prepare ourselves to pray.   No!  it is only when the whole life, in all its parts, is given up to God’s glory, that we can really pray to His glory too.  ‘Do all to the glory of God,’ and, ‘Ask all to the glory of God,’—these twin commands are inseparable:  obedience to the former is the secret of grace for the latter.  A life to the glory of God is the condition of the prayers that Jesus can answer, ‘that the Father may be glorified.’-Andrew Murray


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