Today’s Scripture Readings: Psalm 121:1-8 | 2 Samuel 12:1-31 | John 16:1-33 | Proverbs 16:4-5
Today’s Scripture Focus: John 16:1-33
“Truly, truly, I say to you, whatever you ask of the Father in my name, he will give it to you. Until now you have asked nothing in my name. Ask and you will receive that your joy may be full.” (John 16:23-24 ESV)
Whatever you ask. These are among the most amazing words from the mouth of Jesus. Apparently, they are so amazing that he needed to repeat it several times to allow the profound truth to sink in.
Yes, there are conditions to the promises like abiding in the word, asking in his name, and being faithful to our mission to go and bear fruit. These all imply an intimacy with God that leads to obedience to his commands—a familiarity with God’s will, both his heart and his word. Still, the promises are amazing: “Whatever you ask.”
[Excerpts from today’s devotional from Open Up Your Heart by Jeff Syverson. Available on Amazon.com]