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Let Us Pray!

What is prayer?  Is it not a conversation between a Father and His children?  Because Jesus died on the cross, He has transferred us from the kingdom of darkness to the kingdom of light, of which God is the head, the authority, the sovereign, the Father.  

A few days ago, I was skimming through scriptures and came across this passage in John – 

In that day you will not [need to] ask Me about anything.  I assure you and must solemnly say to you, whatever you ask the Father in My name [as My representative], He will give you.  

John 16:23

A couple of verses later Jesus says a similar thing in John 16:26 – 

In that day you will ask in My name, and I am not saying to you that I will ask the Father on your behalf [because it will be unnecessary]; for the Father Himself [tenderly] loves you, because you have loved Me and have believed that I have come from the Father.  

Now what is the context of this passage?  Jesus is talking with His disciples early in the evening as they were celebrating the Passover feast together.  He is telling them that He is going away.  He told them just prior to these two verses that they would be in grief but that He would see them again and their hearts would rejoice.  He was also telling them about the coming of the Holy Spirit.  So are we “in that day” now? 

I believe that we are.  Jesus is in heaven with the Father and acting as our High Priest.  The Holy Spirit is here to empower each of us.  It is a remarkable thing that Jesus says that we are His representatives here on earth, and furthermore, that God the Father is listening to us because He loves us because we have loved Jesus. 

What is God hearing as He listens to us?  In the New Testament, prayer is taken as the normal thing to do.  Almost all the epistles begin with thanksgiving to God and prayers offered.  Paul is very specific in Philippians 4:6 – 

Do not be anxious or worried about anything but in everything [every circumstance and situation] by prayer and petition with thanksgiving, continue to make your [specific] requests known to God.  

I wonder what Jesus would be praying about today.  As His representatives, should we not be praying about Jesus’ concerns?  

Think on Jesus and what concerns Him.  When He directs His disciples to pray to God early in His ministry, He tells them to pray that “Thy Kingdom come and Thy will be done on earth as it is in Heaven.”   If we are indeed His representatives today, how should we be praying and what should we be doing?  Praying and doing what He says, in that order, would be entirely appropriate.  

Let us pray!