TEXT: John 16:23
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.
You might have wondered whether God hears and answers prayers. Or maybe you didn’t doubt that God answers prayers, you doubt might be whether God is ready to listen to you. Many years ago, I used to think that God only listens to great ministers of God who have special relationship with God. I don’t think I was alone in such state of mind. Many have spent a fortune seeking people with special relationship with God who might be able to convince God into considering their conditions. Others have begged everybody including dead saints to pray for them. You don’t need that friend
Jesus says, “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.” Have you given your life to Jesus? Then you are entitled to use the name of Jesus. He says whatever you ask God in His Name, you shall receive. What Jesus is giving us here is a Powers of Attorney to operate in His Name. This mean that God can refuse to answer your prayers only if he could refuse Jesus. You don’t need to go through any intermediary. As if to clear all doubt Jesus went ahead to say, ” At that day ye shall ask in my name: and I say not unto you, that I will pray the Father for you: For the Father himself loveth you, because ye have loved me, and have believed that I came out from God.”
Beloved God’s ears are attentive to your petition. Are you reasoning that this may not include you? Is the devil trying to convince you that the words were meant only for the first disciples (John, Peter, James and the like)? He said that to me too util I read Verse 27 of John 16 again and noticed the premise on which that privilege is given. He says our prayers would be answered because God loves us and because we love Jesus and believe that He came from God. Now ask yourself these questions. Is God a respecter of persons? Of course not (Acts 20:34). Does God loves you? Definitely, He does (John 3:16). Do you love God and believe that Jesus is the Christ and the Son of the living God? Well if you do, you qualify! You can pray and be sure of God’s attention and answers to prayers.
“These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God. And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us: And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him.”
Thank you Father for opening your ears to my prayers
Thank you for giving me a free and direct access to you
I come boldly to your throne as from now on with full assurance that I have your attention and automatic answers to prayers
Thank you Father for loving me with such eternal and unusual love