The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.
Very truly I tell you, my Father will give you whatever you ask in my name. 24 Until now you have not asked for anything in my name. Ask and you will receive, and your joy will be complete.
25 “Though I have been speaking figuratively, a time is coming when I will no longer use this kind of language but will tell you plainly about my Father. 26 In that day you will ask in my name. I am not saying that I will ask the Father on your behalf. 27 No, the Father himself loves you because you have loved me and have believed that I came from God. 28 I came from the Father and entered the world; now I am leaving the world and going back to the Father.”
29 Then Jesus’ disciples said, “Now you are speaking clearly and without figures of speech. 30 Now we can see that you know all things and that you do not even need to have anyone ask you questions. This makes us believe that you came from God.”
31 “Do you now believe?” Jesus replied. 32 “A time is coming and in fact has come when you will be scattered, each to your own home. You will leave me all alone. Yet I am not alone, for my Father is with me.
33 “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world!"
The true light, which gives light to everyone, was coming into the world.
We have had Christmas. And still this is Christmas Season. We have thought on the willingness of God to come and live our human life. The passage says ask anything in the name of Jesus Christ and ends saying 'we will have trouble'.
The disciples who walked with Jesus in His life, believed Jesus could do this. And asked with their mother for a very large and permanent slice of the pie of Heaven. Based upon what they had seen, Jesus could definitely deliver.
How does this work for us 2,000 years later. Time has gone on down the long road, and yet if you look at the vintage pictures of Israel a hundred years ago, Israel looked about the same as the day Jesus led the disciples to be in awe of Him. Peter informed us this isn't even a day to God. And we believe Jesus and the Word of God are the same from Genesis to Revelation.
How will we look at this verse of absolute conviction that God is going to give you whatever you ask in the name of Jesus Christ the Lord?
Because He will. He says so.
20 Now the God of peace, who brought up from the dead the great Shepherd of the sheep through the blood of the eternal covenant, even Jesus our Lord, 21 equip you in every good thing to do His will, working in us that which is pleasing in His sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be the glory forever and ever. Amen
So. Oh mannn. Only for the Holy, Holy, Holy people. Not quite. God sees us all as needing a Savior. Even the chosen sons of Zebedee. Even Peter. Even Paul casting out John Mark who later wrote... a Gospel of Jesus Christ.
I have come to call not those who think they are righteous, but those who know they are sinners and need to repent.
Great is the Mystery of Faith.
God shows up in the most unlikely of places. When a man is dying of a drug overdose - when told Jesus will save him, rises up from brain death to smile and take the offered hand of Jesus and go Home to Heaven with Jesus. Changing the life of the woman in the room forever. God goes where there is earnest need for His Love. We don't contain God, we glorify Him. And have gratitude He is God. Forever.
God shows up. When earnestly asked.
26 and yet Elijah was sent to none of them, but only to Zarephath, in the land of Sidon, to a woman who was a widow. 27 "And there were many lepers in Israel in the time of Elisha the prophet; and none of them was cleansed, but only Naaman the Syrian."
What is the Good News? God sees us just as we are and decides to save us with His Son. We are transparent before God.
Prove me, O Lord, and try me;
test my heart and my mind.
3 For your steadfast love is before my eyes,
and I walk in your faithfulness.
We put ourselves as we are before God. And earnestly explain our desires and our actions to Him. Knowing as we cast our cares upon Him, He cares for us. We make ourselves right before Him, best as we can. We will fall and need Jesus. He will be there for us. And invite Him in us again and delight He will answer us.
God loves our journey, our process, our truthful conversation. God loves us yesterday, today, and tomorrow. See what I mean here... 21 times God tells us about Prayer.
Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. "For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened. "Or what man is there among you who, when his son asks for a loaf, will give him a stone?
So I say to you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. "For everyone who asks, receives; and he who seeks, finds; and to him who knocks, it will be opened. "Now suppose one of you fathers is asked by his son for a fish; he will not give him a snake instead of a fish, will he?
"And all things you ask in prayer, believing, you will receive."
Whatever you ask in My name, that will I do, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. "If you ask Me anything in My name, I will do it."
If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.
You did not choose Me but I chose you, and appointed you that you would go and bear fruit, and that your fruit would remain, so that whatever you ask of the Father in My name He may give to you.
Because he has loved Me, therefore I will deliver him; I will set him securely on high, because he has known My name. "He will call upon Me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble; I will rescue him and honor him. "With a long life I will satisfy him And let him see My salvation.
Offer to God a sacrifice of thanksgiving And pay your vows to the Most High; Call upon Me in the day of trouble; I shall rescue you, and you will honor Me.
O LORD, You have heard the desire of the humble; You will strengthen their heart, You will incline Your ear
You shall not afflict any widow or orphan. "If you afflict him at all, and if he does cry out to Me, I will surely hear his cry"
For He looked down from His holy height; From heaven the LORD gazed upon the earth, To hear the groaning of the prisoner, To set free those who were doomed to death,
The afflicted and needy are seeking water, but there is none, And their tongue is parched with thirst; I, the LORD, will answer them Myself, As the God of Israel I will not forsake them.
2 Chronicles 7:14
and My people who are called by My name humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, will forgive their sin and will heal their land.
Thus says the Lord GOD, "This also I will let the house of Israel ask Me to do for them: I will increase their men like a flock.
I will strengthen the house of Judah, And I will save the house of Joseph, And I will bring them back, Because I have had compassion on them; And they will be as though I had not rejected them, For I am the LORD their God and I will answer them.
It will come about in all the land," Declares the LORD, "That two parts in it will be cut off and perish; But the third will be left in it. "And I will bring the third part through the fire, Refine them as silver is refined, And test them as gold is tested They will call on My name, And I will answer them; I will say, 'They are My people,' And they will say, 'The LORD is my God.'"
1 John 3:22
and whatever we ask we receive from Him, because we keep His commandments and do the things that are pleasing in His sight.
Therefore I say to you, all things for which you pray and ask, believe that you have received them, and they will be granted you.
1 John 5:14
This is the confidence which we have before Him, that, if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us.
Again I say to you, that if two of you agree on earth about anything that they may ask, it shall be done for them by My Father who is in heaven.
David believed in the Mercy of God even when facing the absolute Word of God. Hezekiah believed in the Mercy of God even when facing the absolute Word of God.
Father God, in good times Praise You for Your Glory. In every day, lean to You in expectation of Your Love pouring down upon our loved ones' lives. In trouble, expect You to teach us a life lesson, to trust You and to pray for Your overwhelming mercy. In all days, to Love You for loving us. Looking forward to our future with hope knowing You are God and You are for us. In the Name of Jesus. Amen.
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