Jesus leaves us with no questions as to who he is in the Gospel of John as we read the I AM statements. Something that can be easily overlooked is not only did Jesus want us to know who he is with confidence, but he wants us to know how we are to relate to him in light of who he is.
After Jesus says that he is the way, the truth, and the life in John 14.7 he says
Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever believes in me will also do the works that I do; and greater works than these will he do, because I am going to the Father. Whatever you ask in my name, this I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask me anything in my name, I will do it. - John 14.11-14
Jesus links our belief in him to the work of doing greater works than the miracles that were already demonstrated. Namely the greatest miracle one can receive which is salvation because of his finished work of the cross. Belief then leads us to ask of Him in accordance with his character and he will provide. He wants us to ask because he wants to give. He wants to give so that the Father might be glorified in the Son.
Let’s get real practical with what this looks like.
Jesus says “I am the bread of life”. John 6.35
How can you thank Jesus for what he has given you? Where can you ask Jesus to be this for you? What needs do you have that you can ask of him? Where do you look to be satisfied in things that do not? Where do you need his bread to sustain you?
Jesus says “I am the light of the world”. John 8.12
Illuminates the way to follow him
Where can you praise God for revealing himself to you? Who do you know that needs Christ revealed to them? What Spiritual Warfare are you going through? How can we pray for the darkness of our city and even in our church?
Jesus says “I am the door of the sheep”. John 10.9
Where do you need God’s protection? Where are you dependent on God to open the right doors for you? What relationship do you need God’s guidance with to preserve and protect you?
Jesus says “I am the good shepherd”. John 10.11
Where do you need his leadership in your life? Where are you trying to lead that you can confess to him? Who do you know that needs his leadership and in what specific ways? How can our church be more dependent upon his leadership? How can you pray for your spiritual leadership? Where do you seek to know the good shepherd more intimately?
Jesus says “I am the resurrection and the life”. John 11.25
Giver of Life
Giver of Joy
Will you ask Jesus to be your good doctor who brings healing to your heart? What physical ailments do you or others have that you can pray for? Who needs the life of Christ that you can pray for? Where do you experience sadness or depression and ask for joy in Christ? What fears do you have?
Jesus says “I am the way, the truth, and the life”. John 14.7
The Only Way
Life worth living
What doubts do you have that you can share with Jesus? What lies have you believed that need to be repented of? Where do you struggle to live out the truth? Who are the people in your life that you trust to be honest with you, and pray for them?
Jesus says “I am the true vine”. John 15.1
What area of your life do you need to see God’s grace? Where can you thank God for the grace he has given you? How can you pray that God would grow and prune you? How can you ask God to help your cooperate with his growth and pruning? How can you ask God’s help to grow in the spiritual disciplines? Where do you need God’s help to bear fruit?
While prayer does not need to be a complicated formula it is important to know that God want’s your prayers, he wants your communion with him. Praying is less about seeking what God provides, but more about seeking God himself. He is the great gift of prayer.
Avoid ME centered prayers. Utilize ACTS adoration, confession, thanksgiving, and supplication to help with this.
Pray for your church, pastors, community group members, and leaders in this
Use this as a guide to pray for the lost and use your to lead them to Christ.