When we read this Scripture and other similar Scriptures, our minds may dream of some luxury that we want. Before we throw a wet blanket over those thoughts, God does grant us so many wishes of things that we want which are beyond our needs. For example, God gives us necessary bread, but God also gives us the best steaks. God gives us necessary water, but God also gives us “.. wine which makes man’s heart glad, So that he may make his face glisten with oil, …” Psalm 104:15.
But, why does Christ do what we ask in His name? Does Christ do what we ask only to satisfy our desire for pleasures? No! James 4: 3 makes that clear. “You ask and do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, so that you may spend it on your pleasures.” James 4:3.
Christ does what we ask in His name, “so that the Father may be glorified in the Son”.
By what is the Father glorified? Jesus said: “I glorified You on the earth, having accomplished the work which You have given Me to do.” John 17:4.
What is that work? “Jesus spoke these things; and lifting up His eyes to heaven, He said, “Father, the hour has come; glorify Your Son, that the Son may glorify You, even as You gave Him authority over all flesh, that to all whom You have given Him, He may give eternal life.” John 17:1-2.
Thus, Christ does what we ask in His name as part of His work to give us eternal life.
God does richly supply us with all things to enjoy. But, Paul warns us: “Instruct those who are rich in this present world not to be conceited or to fix their hope on the uncertainty of riches, but on God, who richly supplies us with all things to enjoy.” 1 Timothy 6:17
“… No good thing does He withhold from those who walk uprightly.” Psalm 84:11 These good things make us appreciate more the goodness of God. These good things also make us appreciate more that God is our Father. “If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give what is good to those who ask Him!” Matthew 7:11. We receive these good things, so that we can glorify God more. We are reminded of Question and Answer 1 of The Westminister Larger Catechism.
Question 1: What is the chief and highest end of man?
Answer: Man’s chief and highest end is to glorify God, and fully to enjoy him forever.
In conclusion, whatever we receive from the hand of God, “all things must be subservient to my salvation”. Question and Answer 1 of The Heidelberg Catechism. But, even more, whatever we receive from the hand of God is “so that the Father may be glorified in the Son”.