The Good News for the day, May 12, 2018
Saturday in the Sixth Week of Easter (296)
Jesus says to those inspired by Him: “The fact is: Anything you ask the Father for—in the Family—He will give it to you. Up till now you have not actually asked for anything “in my name”; ask—and you’ll get it—so that you can be completely happy. I have been talking about this to you in figures of speech. The hour is coming when I won’t be using roundabout language to you—I will tell you clearly about the Father. When that time comes, you will be asking “in my name”—and I am saying that I will not be asking for you. The Father himself loves you—because you have chosen to love me and come to believe that I came from God. I did come from the Father—and I have come into the world. Now, though, I am leaving the world and going back to the Father.” (John 16)
So much of this talk seems mystical, abstract—so vague it is useless. What is Jesus saying to you that is practical? Addressing friends who do not realize quite yet that they are “family,”—brothers and sisters in the deepest sense, Jesus is describing God’s attitude to you—prayer, yes, but prayer not always memorized or chanted, not recited or quoted. He is telling you how to pray the way He does.
Jesus says His Father and yours is a Person—a “thou” a “you” and not an “it.
You don’t pray AT your Father. You address God as free as you are—and you can expect answers if you ask, “In My name.”
What do you ask for? To find your keys? Maybe. To get there on time? Maybe. In time you realize that prayer is larger and more important when you face Your Creator. More than any Human father, He loves you; He wants your happiness. So, you pray that whatever He wants gets done—and that you are part of it.
“In My Name” is like a key. It doesn’t mean you always end a prayer, “In Jesus’ name. Amen.” It means that, if you are a family with God as your father, when you pray, you face God in the last name of Jesus: “Child of God.” That is the family name you share with Jesus. Understand “Child of God” as the last name of Jesus—the family you and I share with Him. Praying “in My name” means you, a free (adult) child talk to your free, loving, attentive, hugging Daddy who listens! He may say no or yes, may answer obliquely, may re-direct your question, or signal with suggestions what you are to do. In other words—real prayer is real chat—a tête-à-tête, heart-to-heart. God can respond to you very clearly—and can be heard very clearly—once your heart listens. The Good News is that you can—and do—hear what He has to say in the quiet of your heart.