August 14, 2012
John 16:23-24 (NLT)
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.
Observation:  Jesus is fixing to go away…to his Father. While he will not be with him, they will not be alone. And they will not be left without resources and help. The Holy Spirit will be there. God will answer their prayers…and there will be joy.
Application:  In this chapter, there will be suffering. They will be persecuted. But, they will not be  abandoned. And the presence of Christ, through his Holy Spirit, will not disappear, and they will have joy. Abundant joy. Overflowing joy. Eternal, everlasting, never-ending joy!
Prayer:  Lord, I want that. My life has not been bad. I have been blessed in so many ways, more than I can count or remember. An incredible wife, wonderful children, fantastic grandchildren, good health, the privilege of being in ministry. Each and every one of those is far more than I deserve. But, you are gracious and I am grateful. Still, there have been some hard times, with more perhaps to come. Difficult and cruel people, financial struggles, a child now battling cancer, the death of parents. And you have offered joy. And I am once again deeply thankful. I am blessed and highly favored because of your presence and action in my life.

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