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 noticed this in the news earlier in the month: “The spread of deadly superbugs that evade even the most powerful antibiotics is no longer a prediction but is happening right now across the world, UN officials said yesterday.”
The article went on to issue this dire warning: “The world is headed for a post-antibiotic era, in which common infections and minor injuries which have been treatable for decades can once again kill.”*
Our world is full of risk! How can any follower of Christ experience joy when each day we roll out of bed facing unknown – sometimes lethal – threats?
Answer: prayer in the name of the Lord Jesus is a necessary component to our ongoing spiritual health – and our complete joy!
There used to be a bumper sticker that said “prayer changes things”.
I’m convinced that what prayer never changes is God’s mind. What could I possibly tell Him that He doesn’t already know? Or how could you conceivably convince Him of a superior option?
But prayer changes something…us!
Think of the unparalleled privilege to have a direct line of communication to the God of the cosmos!
Consider the intimacy each of us has – the colossal blessing of being “in Christ” and therefore able to pray in His name!
The apostle Paul says it this way: But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far away have been brought near by the blood of Christ (Ephesians 2:13).
The hymn-writer, like this:So near, so very near to God, I cannot nearer be;Yet in the person of His Son I am as near as He.**
So what’s the best response to any effect which threatens to disturb the joy given to me in Christ?
Recognize your honoured position before Almighty God.
And seize the privilege of praying in Jesus’ Name!
Takeaway: Heavenly Father, please increase my capacity to appreciate, to value the opportunity and benefit I have to pray to you in Jesus’ Name.
*Pretoria News (South Africa), May 1, 2014
**attributed to Horatius Bonar