Until now you have asked nothing in My name. Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full.
Dr. John R. Rice in his book, “Prayer-Asking and Receiving” said, “No father and no husband can give fullness of joy. But thank God, that is just exactly what our Heavenly Father says He wants to do for us. He wants to give us all we ask, and even help us ask aright. We are to ask and receive so our joy will be full. Prayer, then, is the secret of constant joy, the secret really of FULLNESS OF JOY.”
God promises to hear and respond to the prayers of his people. And the need in prayer is to believe and have confidence in the promises of God. “Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us.” (1 John 5:14 NKJV) Faith and the blessings of God is the confidence in the ability and willingness of God to act in supernatural power to advance His kingdom, and a commitment, expressed in prayer and action, to being the means by which He does so.
No earthly father or husband can bring about or give you the joy that Jesus Christ can give. That joy comes from an intimate relationship with Him. How does that intimate relationship begin? It begins with prayer. What this scripture verse is saying is that a rich, full life comes from and depends on how much someone spends in prayer. Seeking fullness in Jesus Christ leads to a fullness of joy. We, as believers, ought to be happy. We ought to have our needs satisfied. We ought not to live defeated, unhappy lives. God has promised that we can have fullness of joy all the time by spending time in prayer and watching God answer those prayers. “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.” (Matthew 7:7-8 NKJV)
Dear Lord. Thank You that You are the provider of joy. Yes, even fullness of joy. It’s a promise of Your Word that we can stand on. Help us Lord to not place our eyes or thoughts or actions on the things of this world to provide joy, but to turn towards You. Your fullness is immeasurable and overwhelming and will last for eternity. And yes, Your Glory resides in it. May our joy always come from an intimate relationship with You that is grounded in prayer. In Jesus Name. AMEN.
Don’t believe me, believe God!