(NLT)  JOHN 16:23-24

(23)  At that time, you won't need to ask me for anything.  I tell you the truth, you will ask the Father directly, and he will grant your request because you use my name.
(24)  You haven't done this before.  Ask, using my name, and you will receive, and you will have abundant joy.


(23)  At that time, you won't need to ask me for anything.  I tell you the truth, you will ask the Father directly, and he will grant your request because you use my name.  Brethren, Jesus in his farewell speech to his disciples, talk to them about upcoming events that will happen before and after his death; in his speech, he prepared and encouraged them;  (i)  he told them that things were about to change dramatically, that he will no longer be available, to answer their questions but after his sufferings, death and resurrection; doors will open for them to have access to our Father;  and to talk to him directly, and get their requests by using his Holy Name; therefore, as believers, let us also be encouraged to use the Name of Jesus, in all our prayer requests to our Father, he will listen and answer our prayers;  (ii)  Jesus encouraged his disciples to ask for anything from our Father, in his authority and it will be granted unto them; today, as believers, have we asked anything in Jesus Name yet?  if not, let us ask our heart desires in his Holy Name, now and forevermore;  (iii)  he also encouraged them not be timid or afraid to approach our Father with their heart desires but feel free to ask for anything in his name and it will be given unto them; if we are not sure of ourselves when we approach him with our prayers, it means we cannot trust him with our prayers, and have no faith in him that he is able to answer those prayers;  how do we get our prayers answered without faith in him?  that is a point to ponder on today;  therefore, (iv)  let us have confidence in ourselves when we approach our Father, and with unshakable faith; for without faith, it is impossible to please him; let us pray to be strengthen with faith, in his righteousness; and not allow the enemy to hinder our prayers because we lack greater faiths to ask and receive from our Father, through Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior;  brethren, Jesus lives forevermore, in him we have life everlasting;  for, it is written;  "Keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for.  Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking and the door will be opened to you.  For everyone who ask, receives. Everyone who seeks, finds.  And to everyone who knocks, the door will opened."(Matthew 7:7-8); therefore, what is our prayer requests today, that we have not receive answers from our Father yet?  Let us have greater faiths in Jesus, persevere and forbear, know that at our Father's own appointed times, he will surely answer our prayers, we will be happy and glorify his holy name forevermore.

(24)  You haven't done this before.  Ask, using my name, and you will receive, and you will have abundant joy.  Brethren, Jesus encouraged his disciples to ask their heart desires, using his name as an intermediary;  today,  (i)  Jesus is encouraging believers to ask anything using his name, and it will be granted unto them, and they will be greatly delighted;  therefore, let us ask our heart desires, using his own covenanted words, to remind him of what he said unto his disciples, before his departure from earth; he will honor his words;  (ii)  when we use the name of Jesus in our prayers, the Father is obligated to answer our prayers; because Jesus is in a higher position of authority, sitting on right hand of our Father, as an advocate, looking up for our welfare on earth; therefore, let us boldly approach the throne of grace, that we may find mercy and grace in time of need; in his presence, there are blessings, peace and joy forever.   (iii)  also, in the name of Jesus, all knees will bow and reverence him;  why? because, of what he did on earth for humanity; his sufferings, death and resurrection, to redeem all souls from bondage of iniquities, grant salvation, grace and life everlasting;  (iv)  the sacred blood of Jesus, avails much to pay for all our sins, past, present and future; not only that, but he is also our advocate, siting on the right hand of our Father, pleading for mercies on our behalves when we sin against our Father;  the least we can do, is to reverence his holy name on earth, and among the heathens; however, our Father loves us so much that he only wants what is best for us; therefore, at times our prayer request are delayed for our own good; and to strengthen our faith in him, and to make us happy at appropriate times; if we persistently ask for what we want in his holy name, because he already declared and decreed that he will answer our prayers in his Holy Name; he is faithful to words, and will surely honor his words, but beware of the enemy in those circumstances, he will try to pester with our souls, and take those blessings, turn them into bitter waters for our souls to drink, if we are not careful;  therefore, let us wait upon our Father, for it is written, "But those who trust in the LORD will find new strength.  They will soar high on wings like eagles.  They will run and not grow weary.  They will walk and not faint."(Isaiah 40:31);  therefore, let us not trust in our selves, what we can achieve, but put all our trusts and hopes in Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior, the author and finisher of all races, he is faithful to all who believes in him; he will never fail anyone, let us come unto him, in humility and respect talk to our Father, through his Holy Name, and it shall be well with us forevermore.


Dearly beloved, we all use the name of Jesus in our prayers everyday; but today, when we pray again this evening; let us pay more attention to the name of Jesus, channel our prayers requests through his Holy Name; let our hearts be connected through his Holy Name to our Father; we can call upon his holy name as many times, as the Holy Spirit directs our utterances;  but, let us not just honor him with our lips, but allow our hearts to be touched by the Holy Spirit when we pronounce his Holy Name; for he lives within our innermost spirits, and we have to feel connected to him in our spirits whenever we supplicate before him, to get our prayers through to our Father:  Jesus cares for what happens to our souls;  therefore, offered himself willingly, to come down to earth, walked among us, performed miracles, suffered, died for our iniquities so we can receive salvation, grace and be joint heirs with him in eternity;  let us not ignore this grace but embrace it entirely, with our hearts, souls and bodies;  today, all we have to do to enjoy grace is to receive Jesus Christ into our hearts as Lord and Savior, be baptized into the faith of his righteousness, receive salvation, grace freely, hope for his second coming and life everlasting.  Let us come unto Jesus!  Amen and Amen!


(NLT.)  Matthew 21:22 You can pray for anything, and if you have faith, you will receive it.



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