But Dad Said

Have you ever heard one of your children say, “But Dad said…” to a sibling? I’m guessing most of us have. It is the automatic “free pass” to whatever the child was demanding. Oh, such power wielded in the name of Dad. The only problem was if they were misrepresenting what you said. 

What about us dads? Have we ever been guilty of misrepresenting our Father’s Word or missed many opportunities to apply it?  

Jesus said in John 15:16, “Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you.” Here Jesus, the God of all creation, is saying that whatever we ask of the Father in His name, the Father may give it to us. 

How often is that misapplied to our prayers? Are we guilty of simply tacking on “in Jesus name” thinking we automatically get what we are asking for? But, is our prayer actually in accordance with what Jesus Himself would ask of the Father?

“Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts” (James 4:3).