Prayer and Joy - Wednesday 7 October, 2015
Memorise: Hitherto have ye asked nothing in my name: ask, and ye shall receive, that your joy may be fall. - John 16:24
Read: John 16:23-24 (KJV)
23 And in that day ye shall ask me nothing. Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall ask the Father in my name, he will give it you.
24 Hitherto have ye asked nothing in my name: ask, and ye shall receive, that your joy may be full.
Bible in one Year: Numbers 5:11-7:11, 2 Corinthians 1:12-2:11
It’s amazing to know that prayer causes one’s voice to be heard in Heaven. Of the over six billion people on earth, do you know that God can single out your voice for His personal attention? Indeed, when you pray, God hears your voice, and through this, He gives solutions to long-standing problems in your life. Every stubborn problem in your life will receive a divine touch today. As you call upon the Lord, he will hear your cry in Jesus’ Name.
From Zacharias’ experience, we learn that prayer causes you to hear good news (Luke 1:5-17). When the angle of God met Zacharias in the temple while the congregation prayed, he broke the good news he had been expecting to hear for such a long time. This implies that within every unpleasant situation, there is some good news tucked inside that only prayer can unearth. This also connotes that there is a link between prayer and joy. When you pray, you will hear some good news about your situation or circumstance which will bring you joy. No wonder Jesus, in our Bible reading today, says we should ask until our joy is full. Have you been receiving negative news lately? You need to engage your prayer gear, and good news will locate you. Very soon, you shall hear the good news that will transform your life.
Moreover, prayer equally provides details about future events. No wonder the Bible in Jeremiah 33:3 says:
“Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and shew thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not.”
It was in the place of prayer that the birth of John was foretold. It was also in the midst of prayer that God’s plan and purpose for John was disclosed. If you want God to reveal your tomorrow to you, pray. If you do not want to be kept in the dark concerning fundamental issues of your life, pray. Some believers go through very critical periods of their life without effective prayers. No wonder they mishandle opportunities that come their way. As you pray today, ask God to give you insight into your future. This season, your prayer will work for you. Call on the Lord now while He may be found. It is well with you.
Key Point: God may be listening to multitudes of people, but He still hears your voice.