Tag: Relationship

Untroubled Relationship

Oswald Chambersby Oswald Chambers

In that day you will ask in My name…for the Father Himself loves you… —John 16:26-27

In that day you will ask in My name…,” that is, in My nature. Not “You will use My name as some magic word,” but— “You will be so intimate with Me that you will be one with Me.” “That day” is not a day in the next life, but a day meant for here and now. “…for the Father Himself loves you…”— the Father’s love is evidence that our union with Jesus is complete and absolute. Our Lord does not mean that our lives will be free from external difficulties and uncertainties, but that just as He knew the Father’s heart and mind, we too can be lifted by Him into heavenly places through the baptism of the Holy Spirit, so that He can reveal the teachings of God to us.

…whatever you ask the Father in My name…” (John 16:23). “That day” is a day of peace and an untroubled relationship between God and His saint. Just as Jesus stood unblemished and pure in the presence of His Father, we too by the mighty power and effectiveness of the baptism of the Holy Spirit can be lifted into that relationship— “…that they may be one just as We are one…” (John 17:22).

…He will give you” (John 16:23). Jesus said that because of His name God will recognize and respond to our prayers. What a great challenge and invitation— to pray in His name! Through the resurrection and ascension power of Jesus, and through the Holy Spirit He has sent, we can be lifted into such a relationship. Once in that wonderful position, having been placed there by Jesus Christ, we can pray to God in Jesus’ name— in His nature. This is a gift granted to us through the Holy Spirit, and Jesus said, “…whatever you ask the Father in My name He will give you.” The sovereign character of Jesus Christ is tested and proved by His own statements.

by Oswald Chambers

What Prayer Shows Us

Charles Spurgeonby Charles Spurgeon

“In my distress I called to the Lord; I cried to my God for help!” Psalm 18:6

“Hear my prayer, O Lord, listen to my cry for help!” Psalm 39:12

The act of prayer teaches us our unworthiness, which is a very beneficial lesson for such proud beings as we are. If God gave us favors without constraining us to pray for them, we would never know how poor we are. But a true prayer is . . . an inventory of our needs, a catalogue of our necessities, a revealing of our hidden poverty. Prayer is both an application to divine wealth, and a confession of personal inadequacy.

The most healthy state of a Christian is to be always . . . empty in self, and constantly depending upon the Lord for supplies; poor in self, and rich in Jesus; weak as water personally, but mighty through God to do great exploits. Hence prayer, while it adores God, it lays the creature where he should be–in the very dust!

Prayer in itself, apart from the answer which it brings, is a great benefit to the Christian. As the runner gains strength for the race by daily exercise, so for the great race of life we acquire energy by the hallowed labor of prayer.

Prayer plumes the wings of God’s young eaglets–that they may learn to mount above the clouds. Prayer sends God’s warriors forth to combat–with their sinews braced and their muscles firm. Prayer . . . girds human weakness with divine strength, turns human folly into heavenly wisdom, and gives the peace of God to troubled believers.

We have no idea what prayer can do! We thank you great God, for the throne of grace, a choice proof of your marvelous loving-kindness. Help us to use it aright throughout this day!

“Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful.” Colossians 4:2

“Let us therefore approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.” Hebrews 4:16

by Charles Spurgeon