He Answers When We Ask
I tell you the truth, my Father will give you whatever you ask in my name. Until now you have not asked for anything in my name. Ask and you will receive, and your joy will be complete.
- John 16:23-24
In this passage Jesus is speaking to several different situations. The first concerns him and his relationship with the disciples. Up until now Jesus has been pointing to the Father. The disciples had not been praying to Jesus at all, but only to the Lord God of their fathers. He tells them that he is going back to the Father and that they are now to come before God in his name.
Another aspect to the relationship the disciples have with Jesus is that they now are not going to look to him to be one to do the works of the kingdom, but it now becomes their responsibility. In another place Jesus told the disciples that they would not only do the things he did but they would do even greater things (John 14:12).
A third aspect to their relationship is that they had been experiencing measured amounts of joy in their relationship with Christ, but now their joy was going to be complete. That is they were happy when things were going good, but they felt threatened when things were not so good. Now they are going directly to God in the name of Jesus and Jesus promised that they would get what they were asking for.
What will make the difference now that Jesus is going back to the Father? Instead of being the middle of the lake in a terrible storm and having to go to Jesus for relief they are now able to go directly to the Father and they have the same authority as Jesus had to command the waves to be still. That produces great joy.
Prayer: Lord, help me to really believe in the authority that Jesus has transferred to me as a believer. Grant me the faith to believe, the courage to ask and the joy of seeing you do what you have promised to do. In Jesus name, amen.
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