13 And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Son may bring glory to the Father. 14 You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it. 15 “If you love me, you will obey what I command. (John 14:13-15 NIV)
An improper use of God’s Word can lead us to disappointment with God. When God gave us His Word He gave it to us for a purpose, a very specific purpose. God wants to reveal Himself to us. He wants to make Himself known. He wants us to be able to understand what it means to be in relationship with Him. He wants to lead us, guide us, comfort us, and encourage us as we walk through this life with Him. God is a God of purpose and every word in the Scriptures are written with intent.
The problem comes into play when we use God’s Word improperly, when we try to make it say what God never intended. John 14:13-14 are a prime example of how we can try to use God, and the Scriptures, to get what we want in life. Jesus said, “And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Son may bring glory to the Father. You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it.” When we want what we want more than we want God’s will then we read this Scripture, “Whatever you ask I will do it for you. Ask for anything and it is yours.” That’s not what Jesus is saying at all. Those are the words of Santa Claus, not the Savior.
Jesus followed His words about “asking” and “giving” with these words: “If you love me, you will obey what I command.” When we become a follower of Jesus we die to ourselves. Our “wants” are replaced by His “will” as the most important pursuit of our lives. When we live for Him our comfort and desires are irrelevant–His purpose for our lives becomes our passion. When we live for him our healing is secondary, His glory is primary. The more we are molded into His image the less we will pray for what we would have and the more we will pray for the things He would have for us.