and Receive that Your Joy May Be Full!
now you have asked nothing in My name. Ask, and you will receive,
that your joy may be full" John 16:23.
to give. He is full of compassion, and He longs to grant the
requests of those who come to Him in faith. He gives to us
that we may serve others and thus be like Him. Jesus declared,
"Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will
find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who
asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks
it will be opened." Jesus continued, "What man is
there among you who, if his son asks for bread, will give
him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will he give him a
serpent? If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts
to your children, how much more will your Father who is in
heaven give good things to those who ask Him" Matthew
this message of asking and receiving, Jesus reinforces it
by saying, "Whatever you ask in My name, that I will
do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask
anything in My name, I will do it" John 14:13, 14.
Jesus had given instruction to His disciples on prayer by
saying, "Have faith in God. For assuredly I say to you,
whoever says to this mountain, 'Be removed and be cast into
the sea,' and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that
those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he
says. Therefore I say to you whatever things you ask when
you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have
whenever you stand praying, if you have anything against anyone,
forgive him, that your Father in heaven may also forgive you
your trespasses. But if you do not forgive, neither will your
Father in heaven forgive your trespasses" Mark 11:22-25.
to strengthen our confidence in God, Christ teaches us to
address Him as our "Father who is in heaven." God
regards those who put their faith and trust in Him as members
of His family. He has redeemed us out of a careless world
and has chosen us to become members of His royal family, sons
and daughters of the Highest Authority in heaven and earth.
He invites us to trust Him with a trust deeper and stronger
than that of a child in his earthly parents. Parents love
their children, but the love of God is larger, broader and
deeper than human love can comprehend. He gave the supreme
gift of His Son for everyone who will put their faith and
trust in Him to adopt them into His royal family and give
them eternal life (John 3:16, 17). If earthly parents know
how to give good gifts to their children, how much more will
our Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask of Him?
are not to hoard God's benefits and blessings for self alone.
We are to ask that we may give. The principle of Christ's
life was one of sharing the gifts He received from His Father
and our Father (John 20:17) with those He came in contact
with. He came to bless and to benefit others. He came "to
seek and to save that which was lost" Luke 19:10. Our
mission is not just to please ourselves, we are here to share
with others the blessings God shares with us. In so doing
we cooperate with Him to benefit and bless others. Our capacity
for receiving is magnified by imparting what He has shared
who bring their petitions to God, claiming His promise while
they do not comply with the conditions, insult Jehovah. They
use the name of Jesus as their authority for the fulfillment
of His promises, but they do not do the things that would
show their faith in Him and love for Him. The promise is "If
you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what
you desire, and it shall be done for you. By this My Father
is glorified, that you bear much fruit; so you will be My
disciples" John 15:7, 8.
talks about the joy of being in relationship with the Lord
and the way to receive that Joy. "You will show me the
path of life; In Your presence is fullness of joy; At Your
right hand are pleasures forevermore" Psalm 16:11.
will show me the path of life!" Throughout the Scriptures
God shares with us His instructions on the path of life that
leads to fullness of joy. "Your word is a lamp to my
feet and a light to my path" Psalm 119:105. "The
path of the just is like the shining sun, that shines ever
brighter unto the perfect day" Proverbs 4:18. "Ponder
the path of your feet, and let all your ways be established.
Do not turn to the right or the left. Remove your foot from
evil" Proverbs 4: 26, 27.
instructions and promises are for His family and they are
full of blessings and benefits. "For I know the thoughts
that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace
and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope" Jeremiah
29:11. God's plans and purposes for His family are full of
joy and hope.
is "fullness of joy" in the presence of the Lord!
"He remembered His holy promise and Abraham His servant.
He brought out His people with joy, His chosen ones with gladness.
He gave them the lands of the Gentiles, and they inherited
the labor of the nations, that they might observe His statutes
and keep His laws. Praise the Lord!" Psalm 105:42-46.
This is not only a historical reference, it's also a representation
of what is yet to come when the God of heaven establishes
His kingdom on earth (see Daniel 2:44, 45).
you God, for all that You share with us through the Scriptures,
Your love, Your joy, Your instructions, Your promises, Your
Son and Your Holy Spirit! Thank You!