Thursday, June 29, 2017

Jesus Teaches About Using His Name in Prayer

John 16:17-28, "Some of His disciples said to one another, 'What does He mean by saying; in a little while you will see me no more and after a little while you will see me?' Jesus saw that they wanted to ask Him about this, so He said, 'I tell you the truth, you will weep and mourn while the world rejoices. You will grieve, but your grief will turn to joy. Childbirth is painful to a women, but once the baby is born, she forgets the anguish because of the joy for her child. Now is your time of grief, but I will see you again and you will rejoice and NO ONE WILL TAKE AWAY YOUR JOY. You will no longer ask Me anything. I tell you the truth, My Father will give you whatever you ASK IN MY NAME. Ask and you will receive and your joy will be complete...the Father Himself Loves you because you have loved Me and have believed I came from GOD. I Am leaving the world and going back to the Father.'"

Jesus had to leave for His Holy Spirit to come upon all believers at Pentecost. Through His Holy Spirit we may ask in His Name. His promise is, "Whatsoever you ask in My Name believing, you shall receive." (John 14:14) Now that doesn't mean greedy requests of the flesh! "When Jesus says we can ask for anything, we must remember that our asking must be in His Name; that is, according to GOD's character and will. GOD will not grant requests contrary to His nature or His will. We cannot use His Name as a 'magic formula' to fulfill our selfish desires. If we are sincerely following GOD and seeking to do His will, then our requests will be in line with what He wants and He will grant them." (Commentary on John 14:14)  Be in the will of Almighty GOD and He promises to meet all your needs. Matthew 6:8 Jesus tells us, "...your Father knows what you need before you ask Him." Philippians 4:19 tells us, "My GOD will meet all your needs according to His glorious riches in Christ Jesus." GOD owns it all and He Loves His children! He is not a stingy Creator! He wants His own to have it all. It may not all be filled in this fallen world, but He takes care of His own. Nahum 1:7, "He (GOD) cares for those who trust in Him." If you don't know Jesus Christ as your Savior, trust in Him to forgive your sins and watch His promises come true for you!

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