August 12, 2009

Borrowed Authority Part 1

I am nobody. I have no political clout to throw around. I have no names to drop, no wealthy friends to depend on, and I have made no significant contribution to humanity. I am nobody.

When it comes to prayer I am in the same boat. Nothing I have ever done merits my being heard by God. Granted, I have done some good things—fed people in homeless shelters, secretly given money to people who needed it, and spent countless hours in community service. None of that means God is going to listen and answer my prayer any more than anyone else. Not even being a minister wins me any privilege in my prayers to God.

I need something else. I have no authority or right to ask anything of God. I cannot, on my own account, ask God to do anything. But there is someone who can: Jesus.

Because of his relationship with God the Father, Jesus can go to Him and ask for anything knowing that it will be done. While on earth, Jesus opened the eyes of the blind, made the lame walk, fed 5,000 people with only a few loaves of bread and some small fish, and even raised the dead to life.

The basis for all these miracles, according to John 14, is Jesus’ close relationship with God the Father. A relationship so close Jesus could say to Philip in verse 9, “Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father.” Jesus then goes on to say in verse 11, “Believe me when I say that I am in the Father and the Father is in me; or at least believe on the evidence of the miracles themselves.”

This more than your average “relationship;” this is union. Jesus is one with the Father.

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