Father, Glorify Your Name!

“Now my heart is troubled and what shall I say? “Father, save me from this hour”?  No, it was for this very reason I came to this hour.  Father, glorify your name!”John 12:27 (NIV)

In case you didn’t know, I love exclamation points.  I think it gives a little more power and punch to whatever is being said, which is why I love that today’s verse doesn’t just say “Father, glorify your name.” Rather, it says, “Father, glorify your name!”

The exclamation brings about a cry and desperate prayer, and denotes excitement and passion.  Jesus is beginning to explain why he must die, and just like we saw on Wednesday, we see that his heart his troubled.  Even though he is the Son of God, he still has the human emotions.  He knows what he must do, but the human component of his heart still questions it.  We see his honesty.

Despite feeling overwhelmed and troubled, Jesus’ love and obedience for his Father outweighs his fear, anxiety, and sadness.  He knows why he has come and what He must do—Father, glorify your name!

In our lifetime, we will not experience the same burden of taking on the sin of the world, but we have still each been called to a distinct purpose.  We each have specific ways to bring glory to the Father.  At times we may want to fight it, or question what the Lord is doing, but just like Jesus, we must choose to rise into our purpose and enthusiastically exclaim, Father, glorify your name!

Lord, “here I am, I desire to do your will, your law is within my heart” (Psalm 40:8)  Lord, with all that I am, I desire to love you.  Out of my love for you, I pray that obedience will overflow from my heart; I pray that I will regard your glory above my own; and I pray that nothing will get in the way—fear, anxiety, suffering, stubbornness—of seeking your perfect plan.