The Word: John 16: 23 (KJV)
23 And in that day ye shall ask me nothing. Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall ask the Father in my name, he will give it you.
Dig Deeper: John 16: 24(KJV)
24 Hitherto have ye asked nothing in my name: ask, and ye shall receive, that your joy may be full.
Think about it
WAITING ON HIM UNTIL OUR JOY IS FULL
There are many advantages of waiting on God. One of it is that our joy can be full.
In our text today: Jesus said: Whatsoever ye shall ask the Father in my name, he will give it you.
In the original manuscript, it infers: ‘If you ask me anything and I don’t have it, I will create it’ (My paraphrase)
In other words, even if what we are asking for is not in existence at the time, perhaps a job role or position, or new body parts, or anything at all. Jesus was saying that heavens creative factory will go into action and somehow bespoke what we need and deliver it.
Today’s Living bible puts it in a beautiful way:
23 At that time you won’t need to ask me for anything, for you can go directly to the Father and ask him, and he will give you what you ask for because you use my name. 24 You haven’t tried this before, but begin now.[e] Ask, using my name, and you will receive, and your cup of joy will overflow.
Meaning we have access to the throne of Grace and to the father directly through the name of Jesus. We spoke about loitering around or waiting on God. We can’t wait around God and our joy will not be full. When waiters serve people in the restaurant, because they have waited on us, we usually would leave a tip for their service. That is man who is self centred, stingy and narrow minded. What about God who is benevolent, rich in mercies and generous. In other words, no one who waits on God can leave without getting a tip. If God decides to leave you a small tip for waiting on him, what difference will that small tip make on your life? That small tip can have a humongous effect. Why not practise loitering around him today?
No one who waits on him is permitted to go empty handed
Our memory verse for May 2018
Ecclesaistes 3: 1
1. To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:
Let’s take a few moment to learn our memory verse for this month by heart. It can be memorised in 2 lines:
Line 1: To every thing there is a season,
Line 2: and a time to every purpose under the heaven:
Once you say it a few times it will stick.
Prayer focus: Our next level prayers:
Lord, help us to take time to wait on you
On the word: Recommended book
The Bible Study Methods – Rick Warren