16:24 "Until now you have not asked for anything in My
Name. Ask and you will receive, so that your joy may be
loves communion and wants interaction with His people. He
could move us around and do as He pleases just as a chess player does
with a pawn on a chessboard, but God has entrusted to us our own
will. He would like for our wills to be submitted to Him, but
He does not force it upon
us. He has graciously granted us freedom to do as we
please. When we exercise our will and express our
choice in words and actions, He responds.
told His followers, "Until now you have not asked for anything in My
Name." He wanted them to express their need to Him and ask for
their provisions. If you are in situations today and wondering
why your needs are not met, could Jesus respond to you with
the same words, "So far, you have not asked for anything in
My Name"? We often have thoughts concerning our needs but do not
verbalize them into prayer because we may think that our needs are
too big or too small. Many blessings are missed simply because we
fail to ask. We just wait for God to read our minds and so
nothing happens. Consider a few of the promises of a
response from God that are expressed in these scriptures:
Matt. 21:22 - "Whatsoever you shall ask in prayer believing, you shall
James 1:5 - "If you need wisdom, ask God ... and He will give it to you."
James 4:8 - "Draw near to God, and He will draw near to you."
James 5:14 - "Is there any sick among you? Let him call for the elders
of the church and let them pray over him
and the prayer of faith shall save the sick"
Luke 11:9 - "Ask, and it shall be given to you;
Seek, and you shall find;
Knock, and it shall be opened to you."
you need or desire anything, whether it be wisdom, healing, or
finances, don't just think about it or talk to others about it, but
express your need to the Lord. He is listening and your
words of prayer will evoke a response on God's part. And as
Jesus said, “When you ask and receive, then your joy
will be complete.” +++