Jesus Comforts Troubled Hearts, Part 10 (Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign, Day 223)

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TEXT: John 14:12-14

12 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father.

13 And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.

14 If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it.

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Today, I am continuing the daily Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign sermon series, which is aimed at sharing the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ with unbelievers and reminding Christians, in this important election year, to keep the main thing the main thing — and that is reaching unbelievers with the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ and praying for their salvation, for the problem in America is not only disobedient presidents, politicians, and people, but disobedient pastors, preachers, and parishioners who have refused to obey the Lord’s Great Commission which is to, “Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.” and who have refused to obey God’s repeated commands to “pray without ceasing” for unbelievers, believers, and political leaders. Yes, you should pray for the right candidate to win; yes, you should vote for the candidate that the Lord gives you peace about voting for. But, don’t get caught up in it like the world does. Nothing much is going to change until people get saved and get their hearts right with the Lord.

This campaign is inspired by the following three verses: 1 Corinthians 2:2 which says, “For I determined not to know anything among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified.” Acts 5:42 which says, “And daily in the temple, and in every house, they ceased not to teach and preach Jesus Christ.” And 2 Timothy 2:4 which says, “No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier.”

This series is not for Christians necessarily. However, I do hope you are one of those saints who still loves to hear the “Old, old story of Jesus and His love” — As another hymn says, “For those who know it best Seem hungering and thirsting to hear it like the rest.” This series is primarily for unbelievers, so they can hear and understand the Gospel and be saved from sin and the punishment of sin which is hell. This is message number 223.

William Barclay said, “The test of any prayer is this: Can I make it in the name of Jesus? No man, for instance, could pray for personal revenge, for personal ambition, for some unworthy and unchristian object in the name of Jesus.”

In verse 12 of this passage, Jesus made clear that He expected His disciples to continue His work after He returned to Heaven and to do even greater works than He had done. The disciples must have wondered how they would accomplish greater works than Jesus with Him gone. They could barely function with Him there.

In verse 13, Jesus tell them how they would accomplish all of the amazing things that were beyond their own power to do. He said, “Whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.”

The disciples were to ask all things in Jesus’ name — whether it be miracles of healing, miracles of provision, or souls being saved. Some think that praying “in Jesus’ name” is some kind of magical formula that will get our prayers answered in Heaven. It is not. When the disciples prayed in Jesus’ name, they were staking their claim before the throne of God.

As God’s children who had placed their faith and trust in Jesus Christ, they were saying that they had a right to boldly approach the throne of grace, not because of who they were, but because of who Jesus is and what He has done for them. The same thing applies to Christians today. When we approach the throne in prayer with a pure heart and pure motives, it is almost as if Jesus Christ is approaching the throne. God looks down, and He does not see our wretched, sinful selves; He sees His only begotten, beloved, and obedient Son. And what father would not grant the requests of such a child?

Praying in Jesus’ name also means praying in the will of God. We must not go to God and ask for things that we know are outside of His will, tacking on ‘in Jesus’ name’ at the end for good measure. Warren Wiersbe said, “The ‘whatsoever’ in John 14:13 is qualified by all that God has revealed in His Word about prayer; likewise, the ‘anything’ in John 14:14. God is not giving us carte blanche; ‘in My name’ is the controlling element. To know God’s name means to know His nature, what He is, and what He wants to do. God answers prayer in order to honor His name; therefore, prayer must be in His will. The first request in The Lord’s Prayer is, ‘Hallowed be Thy name.’ Any request that does not glorify God’s name should not be asked in His name.” For the disciples, praying in Jesus’ name meant they could not ask such things as being permitted to sit at Jesus’ side in His kingdom or to be named the chief among the other disciples.

A good test of our prayers is to ask, ‘Can I make this request in Jesus’ name? Is this something that would be pleasing to Jesus? Is this something that would bring glory to God?’ Jesus tells His disciples to pray in His name “that the Father may be glorified in the Son.” Every answered prayer is a testament to who God is — to His love, His mercy, His grace, and His power. He is glorified when Jesus’ name is lifted up on earth through our words and deeds. When the world sees Jesus’ people praying to an invisible God and having those prayers answered, God is glorified and Jesus’ name is made even more famous in the earth.

Prayer is not just a means of getting what we want from God. Prayer in Jesus’ name grants us the ability to do great works on the earth, lifts up Jesus’ name, and brings glory to God.

In his hymn, “All Hail the Power of Jesus’ Name,” Edward Perronet reminds us of the importance of Jesus’ name.

All hail the power of Jesus’ name!
Let angels prostrate fall.
Bring forth the royal diadem,
and crown him Lord of all.
Bring forth the royal diadem,
and crown him Lord of all!

O seed of Israel’s chosen race
now ransomed from the fall,
hail him who saves you by his grace,
and crown him Lord of all.
Hail him who saves you by his grace,
and crown him Lord of all!

Let every tongue and every tribe
responsive to his call,
to him all majesty ascribe,
and crown him Lord of all.
To him all majesty ascribe,
and crown him Lord of all!

Jesus’ name is powerful beyond measure. It is powerful enough to save you from sin and the punishment of sin if you would only trust Him today.

First, please understand that you are a sinner and that you have broken God’s laws. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.” Please understand that because of your sins, you deserve punishment in hell. Romans 6:23 says “the wages of sin is death…” This is both physical death and spiritual death in hell.

But here is the good news. John 3:16 reads, “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

The phrase “For God so loved the world” means that if you are in this world, God loves you no matter what you have done.

The next phrase, “that He gave His only begotten Son” refers to Jesus Christ. He is God’s son who suffered, bled, and died on the cross for your sins and for mine, and He was buried and rose again.

Our next phrase is “that whosoever believeth in Him”. The word “whosoever” means anybody at anytime. The phrase “believeth in Him” means to trust in Him, to depend upon Him, to rely on Him, or to have faith in Him for your salvation.

Our next phrase, “should not perish”, refers to eternal punishment in a place called hell.

And, lastly, the phrase “but have everlasting life” means to live eternally in Heaven with God.

The Bible also says in Romans 10:9 and 13: “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved…. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

Dear friend, if you are willing to believe on the Lord Jesus Christ for salvation, please pray with me this simple prayer: Heavenly Father, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I now believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.

If you believed in your heart that Jesus Christ died on the cross, was buried, and rose again, allow me to say, congratulations on doing the most important thing in life and that is accepting Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour! For more information to help you grow in your newfound faith in Christ, go to Gospel Light Society.com and read “What To Do After You Enter Through the Door”. Jesus Christ said in John 10:9, “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”

If you accepted Jesus Christ as your Savior today, please e-mail me at dw3@gospellightsociety.com and let us know. There is some free material that we want to send you. If you have a prayer request, please e-mail that to us as well, and we will pray for you until you tell us to stop.

God loves you. We love you. And may God bless you.

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