In the 14th chapter of JohnI found some cool promises that may interest you. Now, I could spend a week talking about them, but I won’t. Instead, I will figure out how much it will take, later.
To beging with, let’s look at something Jesus said during his last few hours with his disciples and he told them, “Very truly I tell you, my Father will give you whatever you ask in my name” (John 16:23). Seems similar to what he said back in the 14th chapter. There, he told them, “Until now you have not asked for anything in my name. Ask and you will receive, and your joy will be complete” (John 16:24).
I don’t care how you look at what he said, that is an incredible statement! Just notice that when this scene took place, Jesus was warning his followers that he was going away, which probably shocked them a little, but then expanded it by saying that he would not see them for a short time. Yet, in the very same breath, he assured them they had access to every blessing of heaven. All they had to do was ask in his name. Interesting.
Now remember, the disciples had been personally taught by Jesus to knock, seek, and ask for the things of God. They were taught firsthand that all of the blessings of the Father — all His Grace, all His Power and all His Strength — were found in Christ. They had also heard Jesus declare: “Whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, and why? because I am going to the Father. And I will do whatever you ask in my name so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it” (John 14:12–14). Cool!
I don’t know about you, but something he said to his disciples convicted me: “Until now you have not asked for anything in my name . . .” (John 16:24). What he seemed to be saying is that, “Until now, you never had a reason to ask anything of me . . .” Jesus had not been there before. He had not been crucified before. So there would be no reason for them to use his name . . . but here’s the thing. The Word of God is alive and active — and current. So when I read this, I heard the Lord whispering to me, “Um, excuse me, but have you claimed the power I have made available to you? You simply need to ask in my name.” Ooh, my eyes popped open and said, “How Lord? How have I missed using your name and authority?”
That’s when he began to show me what he was talking about — and no, I am not going to discuss that with you. I can keep some things private. lol — However, I did discover what grieves our Father’s heart more than all the sins of the flesh combined. Our Lord is grieved by the ever-growing lack of faith in his promises . . . the ever-increasing doubts that he answers prayer . . . and from “believers” who claim less and less of the power that is in Christ.
No matter how much you have asked of the likeness of Christ, it is nothing compared to the resources of spiritual wisdom still waiting in his storehouse. Ask BIG! Ask for Wisdom, ask for guidance, ask for revelation. But it must be asked in faith, nothing doubting.
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