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Wednesday, May 2, 2018

John 16:24

Until now you have asked nothing in My name. Ask and you will receive, that your joy may be full.
John 16:24

Just before Jesus went to the cross, He had many things to tell His disciples in order to equip them for their future ministry. Jesus informed them of two of the most critical resources that they would require to fulfill their calling. He first spoke to them of the Spirit of Truth, the divine Helper, who would dwell in them, guide them, teach them, and comfort them.

The second resource that would enable them to endure to the end is prayer. He invited them to ask the Father for anything in His name that the Father would be glorified in the Son (see John 14:13 and 15:8). When our humble prayers are answered, God is glorified — and that indeed is the primary motivation that should be behind our prayers.

But Jesus also told His disciples another reason why we should pray. When we humbly ask the Father in Jesus' name, and our needs are abundantly or miraculously supplied, then our joy is made full. When the motivation behind our prayers is that the name Jesus would be magnified, and God answers the yearnings of our hearts, our hearts will overflow with the joy of the Lord.

These truths can transform our prayer life as we examine our needs as opportunities for God’s glory. It transforms our motivations when we begin to pray that Jesus might have preeminence and glory. Self-centered prayers with answers that would make us look good, give way to God-centered prayers that make Him look glorious. We will soon discover that when God answers our prayers that are authentically requested to bring Him glory, we are given not only what we ask for, but abundant joy as well!

Tom Day



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