READ : John 14:6-14
“If, in my name, you ask me for anything, I will do it” (14:14).
Many in the land of Tibet are devoted to the Dalai Lama and follow a particular form of Buddhism. We had the privilege of visiting this country a few years ago, and felt saddened by the feverish dedication to a religion which enslaves. We especially noted the constant praying which occurred with the use of prayer wheels. Some individuals walked with small ones twirling in their hands. Pedestrians turned wheels built on posts or in windows. Some wheels, built as large as a huge room, were turned by pushing while walking around them. Inside each wheel were prayers that were printed and coiled around a central spindle. Worshipers believed that the more times the wheels turned, the more prayers ascended to God.
All praying is not the same. Many people in our world pray fervently. The Scripture for today affirms that God hears prayer when we come to Him in Jesus’ name. We do not reach God through slavish activity and penance, but through the name of Jesus who died for us.
Jesus revolutionizes prayer by His atoning death. Because of His shed blood, we have access to God. Prayer wheels become obsolete. God stands ready to give all things when we pray in Jesus’ name.
Thank You, Lord, for dying for us and making it possible to come directly to You when we pray. In Jesus’ name. Amen.