August 9, 2022     2:08 pm
100. Week of Second Sunday in Lent - Monday
Whatever you shall ask the Father in my name, He will give it to you
          Truly, truly I say to you, Whatever you shall ask the Father in my name, He will give it to you.   John 16:23
          Do you hear, O Christian, what the Lord assures you here? Whatever you will ask in Jesus' name, trusting in Him who made you a dearly beloved child of God, grounding yourself on this His promise, but in humble childlike submission to God's fatherly wisdom, He will give it to you. This is glorious! Until then the dear disciples had not prayed thus in Jesus' name. Why not? Because as yet they had no full inward understanding of the Word and speech of Jesus. For the greater part it had remained a dark saying to them. And He had been with them, and had always supplied what they lacked. But now He said: "Ask, and you shall receive, that your joy may be full." For now the time was to come when, through the Holy Spirit, Jesus would tell them plainly of His Father, the time when the Holy Spirit would make Jesus' Word concerning the Father all light and bright and clear to them, so that it would cease to be a dark saying to them, but that they would be assured that they are God's dear children, to whom the Father gladly gives all good things for Jesus' sake. When this time came, they asked the Father in Jesus' name.- And that time has come for you, too, O Christian! In Jesus' Word you have the Holy Spirit, who enlightens you. You are sure that you are God's dear child. You pray in Jesus' name. But you do not want to ask God for what is not good, as those do who pray foolishly. You confide in God's love and wisdom. And God hears your every prayer. And you rejoice. And to you and to all the children of God the kind and comforting words of the Saviour to His disciples apply: "And I do not say to you that I will pray the Father for you; for the Father Himself loves you, because you have loved Me, and have believed that I came out from God." Indeed, the Lord Jesus has come forth from the Father, and has come into the world to atone for us, and to make of us God's dear children; again, He has left the world and gone to the Father to gather the fruits of such atonement from His heavenly Father - and for us; that is, to give us the Spirit of blessed sonship of God, so that now with all confidence we ask the Father, who dearly loves us, for all good things. And He gives them to us. And we rejoice. (John 16:23-28.)
          PRAYER: - Lord God, dear heavenly Father, through Your Son You have made us Your dear children, and have told us that in His name we should ask You for all good things, and that You would hear us. Open our timid hearts through Your Holy Spirit, that in full confidence we may know You to be our loving Father, telling You all things, bringing all our complaints to You, asking You for all things, even as dear children ask their dear father. And then hear us, O Father, according to the firm assurance of Your dear Son, and at all times give us what Your kind fatherly heart knows to be best for us; yes, do more than we ask or think, for Jesus' sake. Amen.

First Part : Festival Season
August 9, 2022     2:08 pm