January 14, 2024

Ask.

Jesus really wants to impress upon us that we can bring our asks to our Heavenly Father.

“Whatever you ask in my name, this I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son (John 14:13).”

“If you ask me anything in my name, I will do it (John 14:14).”

“If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you (John 15:7).”

“You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should abide, so that whatever you ask the Father in my name, he may give it to you (John 15:16).”

“Truly, truly, I say to you, whatever you ask of the Father in my name, he will give it to you (John 16:23).”

“Until now you have asked nothing in my name. Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full (John 16:24).”

Now, we know (or should know!) our Heavenly Father is not a divine vending machine. “Whatever you wish” is qualified by “in Jesus’ name.” So we need to understand that. But, it seems Jesus doesn’t want us to be timid or frugal with our asking. Later, his brother James would write, “You do not have, because you do not ask (James 4:2).” Asking and abiding go hand in hand.

This Sunday, Eric Twisselmann will be taking us back to John 15:1-11 (and beyond) to help us consider the role prayer plays in abiding in Christ and Kaiden Tolkamp will be leading our sung worship. Please pray for each as they prepare.

See you Sunday, Grace. Let’s come hungry!

 

SONG OF THE WEEK

Abide with Me by the Worship Initiative (with Bethany Barnard)

Hold Thou Thy cross before my closing eyes
Shine through the gloom and point me to the skies
Heaven’s morning breaks, and earth’s vain shadows flee
In life, in death, O Lord, abide with me