Cross Pointe Church

Address

1800 Satellite Boulevard
Duluth, GA 30097

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Service Times

Sunday 9:15 AM

Sunday 11:00 AM

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678-812-4500

Ask for Anything

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"I tell you the truth, anyone who has faith in Me will do what I have been doing. He will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father.  And I will do whatever you ask in My name, so that the Son may bring glory to the Father.  You may ask for anything in My name, and I will do it.”  John 14:12-14

There are three words contained in Jesus’ promise that are the key to unlocking the meaning of this passage--“In My name.”  Our selfishness apart from Christ zeroes in on “whatever you ask” and “ask for anything;” skipping right over the heart of Christ’s promise--the glory of His Father.

Jesus does not promise to do anything we ask.  He promises to do anything asked for in His Name.  Why?  It is because such requests are guaranteed to bring glory to the Father.  So how do we know if we are asking for something in Christ’s name?  Doing so means more than just adding, “In Jesus’ Name” at the end of our prayers.  Christ’s name is used for everything that His name covers… His authority, His interests, His pleasure, His excellence and His deeds.  Therefore, anything we ask for in His name will align with His will.  In this context, the passage can be interpreted and applied correctly. 

Of course Jesus would promise to grant any requests that are in accordance with His will, because such requests, as He explained, will bring honor and glory to His Father.  The glory of the Father was always Jesus’ main concern.  Even He, God’s very own Son, always prayed according to God’s will.  Look at His prayer in the final hours of His life in the Garden of Gethsemane:  “Abba, Father,” He said, “everything is possible for You.  Take this cup from Me.  Yet not what I will, but what You will (Mark 14:36).”

Prayer: Father, I want my life to bring glory to Your name.  Please show me where my desires and plans do not line up with Your will and change me, Lord.  May by prayers be Christ-centered and Spirit-driven.  In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

So That

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“May God be gracious to us and bless us and make His face shine upon us, that Your ways may be known on earth, Your salvation among all nations.”  Psalm 67:1-2

One tiny word can change everything.  Some of the most monumental decisions we make require only a “yes” or “no” answer.  No long explanation… just a simple one-word answer.  “Will you marry me?”  “Do you take this woman to be your wedded wife?”  “Do you accept this job offer?”  Tiny words… huge implications.

The same is true in Scripture.  Perhaps one of the most skipped-over yet important phrases in God’s Word is “so that,” also written as “that” in some instances.  Why…  because this phrase offers us a glimpse into the very heart and mind of God.  He is answering a question that He oftentimes chooses not to answer… He is telling us why He does certain things.  While God certainly owes us no explanation for any of His ways, understanding why sometimes helps us to know Him in a deeper way.  It also helps us to know what He wants us to do for the sake of His Name and His glory. 

Psalm 67:1-2 gives us the reason for God’s blessing and His presence in the lives of His people… "That Your ways may be known on earth, Your salvation among all nations."  God’s reason for lavishing grace on our lives is so that the whole world will know He is a gracious God.  His reason for giving us the gift of salvation is so that every nation will know He is the only God who saves.  His reason for blessing us with more than we need is so that we can give to the poor, showing them that He is a God who meets their needs.  God’s greatest desire is to be known and worshiped by every nation, tribe, tongue and people.  As His children, we have the incredible privilege of participating in His work!

So often we hoard God’s riches that are ours in Christ.  We spend all that He blesses us with on ourselves, forgetting the “so that” which should drive all that we do.   

Prayer: Father, Forgive me for being selfish with Your grace and salvation.  Please help me to remember the “so that” in my story.  You have blessed me so that I can show others how great and glorious You are.  In Jesus’ Name, Amen.