Ask, using my name, and you will receive
John 16:24 Do you have enough faith to ask God for something in Jesus’ name, and know for certain that you will receive it?
“You haven’t done this before. Ask, using my name, and you will receive, and you will have abundant joy.”
John 16:24 NLT
Do you have enough faith to ask God for something in Jesus’ name, and know for certain that you will receive it?
In this part of the Gospel of John, Jesus is giving the disciples his last instruction before His betrayal, suffering, and crucifixion. He warns them of their coming persecution by both Jew and Gentile so that they won’t be surprised by the hatred with which the Good News will be received. Jesus then goes into more detail about His upcoming departure from the disciples, explaining that it will be a cause for joy and not for sorrow, to their advantage instead of to their loss.
If they had known what Jesus was about to go through, the disciples probably would have questioned His sanity! But during these last lessons, Jesus is impressing on their minds that joy in spite of adversity is part of what is different about being one of His followers.
The most important lesson was that His departure was to be followed by the arrival of the Holy Spirit. Scottish Biblical scholar Marcus Dods explains the importance of Jesus’ death as follows:
“The withdrawal of the bodily presence of Christ was the essential condition of His universal spiritual presence.”1
John 16 is the first time Jesus mentions the “Advocate” or “Helper”, so He provides a hint of what the Holy Spirit will bring to believers. Ask in his name and in full faith as a follower of Jesus Christ, and you will receive. In turn, receiving His blessings is a cause for “abundant joy”.
As I’ve grown in faith as a Christian, my personal store of testimonies of God’s love has also grown. I’ve mentioned my personal physical healing of lifelong neck and back pain through hands-on prayer from others in Jesus’ name, something that has made my life much more joyful!
In the past few days I’ve had nearly two years of prayer answered with the reestablishment of a relationship with a loved one. It happened in a way that can only be explained by God answering my repeated and heartfelt prayers, and I “have abundant joy”!
I’ll end with the question that I began today’s devotional with: Do you have enough faith to ask God for something in Jesus’ name, and know for certain that you will receive it? Only you can answer that question and act on it.
Heaven On Wheels Daily Prayer:
Father in Heaven, I come to You today with gratitude for everything You’ve done for me during my life. When I ask you in the name of the Son for help for myself, my loved ones, and others I may never know, I am assured that You will hear my prayer and respond. That is reason enough for me to experience Your joy and love, each and every day. Thank You for prayers answered and prayers yet to come, AMEN.
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Dods, Marcus "The Gospel of St. John: The Expositor's Greek Testament" Volume 1, Section 2 (John) (London: Hodder and Stoughton, 1897)