If a warrant, or other legal document is to take effect, it must be endorsed by the name of some one in authority, otherwise it is so much waste paper. He repented and sought the Lord, and as soon as possible, returned to his wife and his daily calling. I do not believe that God changes. Always. Men ask for happiness: do they mean that they are afraid of sorrow — they cannot bear the Cross? We must begin, carry on, and conclude our prayers in the name of Christ (Colossians 3:17). (1) What this pre-supposes. CHRIST'S LOVE FOR HIS DISCIPLES IS SUCH THAT HE CANNOT BE WITH THEM WITHOUT FILLING THEM WITH GOOD. If we believe that such prayer will be answered we are constantly met by the awful thought that God has ordered eternally all the circumstances of life for the best and wisest ends. (2) Again, we know that God's love cannot be deepened. (4) Even believers cannot pray in the name of Christ, and so not acceptably, without faith in exercise (Galatians 2:20). We shall perceive how both the difficulties we have noticed vanish before the true meaning of Christ's promise. GOD IS IN CHRIST, AND GOD IS AN OPEN FOUNTAIN OF GOOD TO EVERY BEING IN FRIENDSHIP WITH HIM. He must consider them fit to be offered in His name., or they are useless. The sceptic asks, "Does God ever stop the working of His laws to save the man who prays?" At the bottom His holy name stands written; the upper part we ourselves must fill up with our prayers; the Father will honour the draft to the whole amount for the sake of His dear Son; because whatever we are minded to ask in the name of Jesus, the Father will give us.(R. There would not be so many unhappy marriages, discontented workers, and wrong men in wrong places, if we would pray before making a solemn choice. Wherefore rely on Christ, and on Him only, for access to God in, and acceptance of, your prayers; that is, pray in the name of Christ. (1) A completed revelation. "Shall I inherit eternal life?" "If ye shall ask anything in My name." J. W. Buxton.We must be taught how to pray just as we must be taught how to walk. There are some flowers which only bloom in the night; and white blossoms are visible with startling plainness in the twilight, when all the flaunting purples and reds are hid. (3) Whenever we take a journey, let us pray about it, as St. Paul did at Miletus, before he set out on his perilous voyage to Rome. Then there are special occasions when we need to pray for a special object —(1) In all cases of danger and difficulty. The self-willed and the self-indulgent cannot truly pray; their cry may be genuine and intense enough; but it is only the cry of exasperation and disappointment. He repented and sought the Lord, and as soon as possible, returned to his wife and his daily calling. Boston, D. D.)Prayer in Christ's nameE. The name of Christ is His whole revealed character. He has no fears, he is a soldier that can both endure hardness and stand in the fight. Who asks for water when he is standing by a fountain? It is not consistent with the honour of God to give Sinners a favourable hearing otherwise (John 9:31, with 2 Corinthians 5:19, 21). For acceptance of our prayers (Ephesians 1:6). (1) It brings us into harmony with God's eternal plan. Can we wonder that He does not answer them?I. We must pray for Christ's sake, as the only procuring cause of the success of our prayers. He must consider them fit to be offered in His name., or they are useless. A man with a prayer in his mouth would have no room for an oath, or a bad story. He has been answered already. Can we wonder that He does not answer them?I. The Gospels He has been taught to draw, yet an artist detects at once that he does not know the very A B C of art. And here we find the infinite merit of His sacrifice (Romans 3:25), and His never-failing intercession to rely on (Hebrews 7:25). We must begin, carry on, and conclude our prayers in the name of Christ (Colossians 3:17). He has been taught arithmetic, yet he cannot work a single rule properly. (a)Their own worth in respect of their qualifications and good things done by them (Luke 18:11, 12). H. Spurgeon.Some years ago, a poor woman accompanied by two of her neighbours, came to my vestry in deep distress. No; but a Divine influence may prepare him to receive whatever comes. To them there often seemed to be two great powers in the universe — the divine and the evil, and in their darkness they cried to Him whom they felt was true, though they understood not how. There was a little boy once whose mother lay ill in the hospital. "Wilt Thou be my Helper and Defender?" The sceptic asks, "Does God ever stop the working of His laws to save the man who prays?" (d)We must be united to Christ as members to the head and branches to the vine, if we would act in prayer or any other duty in the strength of Christ (John 15:5). Again, there are prayers which seem unanswered because we have asked amiss. Does it not point to that great and blessed truth, "Whatsoever thing the Father doeth that also doeth the Son likewise."2. — that is to pray in Christ's name. Then there are prayers which ask for wrong things, or they ask in a wrong way, and so they are wasted. Spurgeon. Our Revised Version reads, "He will give it you in My name." But, whether that be the true collocation or no, mark the plain principle, that only desires which are in harmony with the Divine will are sure of being satisfied. Buxton. Our praying in the name of Christ is a part of the reward of Christ's voluntary humiliation for God's glory and the salvation of sinners (Philippians 2:9, 10).4. He has been taught music, yet he plays without feeling, and incorrectly. A Christian man who believes in prayer, ought to be able to speak to God anywhere. She told me her story, and a sad one it was. They were not to pray with the idea of inducing God to become kind, but because He was kind. Or do they mean, "enable Me to bear happiness or sorrow?" Think how many improper, foolish, and even downright wicked prayers are addressed to the All-wise God! Is it possible, then, that amidst all changes and the sorrows we may have a deep and stable joy? Do not you think that the disciples would be tempted to say, "Then what are we to do?" That woman does not doubt the power of prayer.(C. In the degree of your love and trust, you see that "all things work together for good."IV. From this doctrine we learn —(1) What a holy God we have to do with in prayer (Leviticus 10:3). Do not wait to go to church, or till bed. (2) Are any kind of wishes which are presented in dependence upon Christ certain to be fulfilled? Or do they, because they believe God is all-wise, ask to be able to bear success if it be His will it should come, and if not, to be enabled to stand failure? If he will ask this of his heart and conscience they will tell him at once, and may warn him to such repentance as may yet be possible. So it is utterly impossible that you can lack, when with Christ, any good thing.III. He was admitted a member, and his wife, who up to that time had not been a member, was also received among us. WHAT IT IS TO PRAY IN THE NAME OF JESUS. If so, can they pray that prayer in the name of Him who gave up all happiness for man, who endured the Cross and the shame, who, because it was the Father's will, bore all sorrow and made it holy? SEE, THEREFORE, THE BLESSEDNESS OF THE CHRISTIAN.1. )LinksJohn 16:24 NIVJohn 16:24 NLTJohn 16:24 ESVJohn 16:24 NASBJohn 16:24 KJVJohn 16:24 Bible AppsJohn 16:24 ParallelJohn 16:24 Biblia ParalelaJohn 16:24 Chinese BibleJohn 16:24 French BibleJohn 16:24 German BibleJohn 16:24 CommentariesBible Hub, (b)That there is a stock of grace and strength in Jesus Christ for our help as to other duties, so for this duty of prayer (2 Corinthians 12:9; Colossians 1:19). H. Spurgeon.Some years ago, a poor woman accompanied by two of her neighbours, came to my vestry in deep distress. Men were not to pray because they hoped to change God's plan, but because God's plan was the wisest and most loving. Always. So the divisions are like the surface cracks on a dry field, and a few inches down there is continuity. Does He need the utterance of our wants when He detects the secret desire in the heart trembling into words?II. Without the cheque thou wouldest receive nothing, for the father of the heir knows nothing of thy name; but because he sees written there the name of his son he presents thee with the whole amount which his son has commissioned thee to receive. You will in heaven be men. And though sorrow comes, still we may be blessed. The promises of the covenant were all made to Jesus Christ, as the party who fulfilled the condition of the covenant (Galatians 3:16).3. Be it unto thee even as thou wilt."III. She went away, and I forgot all about it. The direction of the Lord, and the truth and comfort of the Holy Spirit, drive away all darkness and uncertainty.3. This implies —(1) The soul's being come to Christ in the first place (chap. (2) Put other things in the room of the Mediator, or join other things with Him. THE DIFFICULTIES WHICH ALL PRAYER SUGGESTS.1. He repented and sought the Lord, and as soon as possible, returned to his wife and his daily calling. )LinksJohn 16:24 NIVJohn 16:24 NLTJohn 16:24 ESVJohn 16:24 NASBJohn 16:24 KJVJohn 16:24 Bible AppsJohn 16:24 ParallelJohn 16:24 Biblia ParalelaJohn 16:24 Chinese BibleJohn 16:24 French BibleJohn 16:24 German BibleJohn 16:24 CommentariesBible Hub, (d)Their own necessity (Hosea 7:14).3. Is the heart in communion with the Holy Spirit? Spurgeon. (d)Their own necessity (Hosea 7:14).3. Above all, prayer must have love in it. Do not you think that the disciples would be tempted to say, "Then what are we to do?" The child fancied his mother would not have left him if she had loved him, and determined to send her a letter, and find out. We must begin, carry on, and conclude our prayers in the name of Christ (Colossians 3:17). Christ is such a friend (ver. Can we believe that they will be answered? Some months after, she re-appeared with her neighbours, and a man whom she introduced to me as her husband. I said, "There is nothing that we can do but to kneel down and cry to the Lord for the immediate conversion of your husband." (4) Even believers cannot pray in the name of Christ, and so not acceptably, without faith in exercise (Galatians 2:20). What is meant by asking in Christ's name? How much more now in His state of glorification! Chilled thus by the world of sense, the fire of devotion frequently appears to have almost died out, having left only cold ashes on the altar of the heart.2. She told me her story, and a sad one it was. What is a bad thing for a child cannot be a good thing for a man. Nothing can savour with God that comes from a sinner, but what is perfumed with the merit and intercession of Christ (2 Corinthians 2:15; Ephesians 1:6).6. There would not be so many unhappy marriages, discontented workers, and wrong men in wrong places, if we would pray before making a solemn choice. PRACTICAL IMPROVEMENT.1. I feel sure your husband will come home, and that he will yet become connected with our church." That it is to be asked in the name of Jesus. Such faithless prayers cannot have the name of Jesus attached to them, they cannot be accepted. (1) Men in old time had cried earnestly to God under the pressure of the struggles and doubts of life, but they could not pray in the Christian sense. He had, indeed, come back, and a converted man. Meetness for that place consists in the spirit of praise, and not in the spirit of prayer. But apart from these changes of the inner life, there are two great difficulties surrounding every act of prayer. — that they will bring the blessings they crave? One cause of these is to be found in the variations of our inner life, Our faith in the spiritual is at some moments so full of power that thoughts too large for words ascend to the Eternal in unclothed aspirations. In heaven they shall be set down at the fountain; but now the law of the house is, "Ask, and ye shall receive" (Matthew 7:7). If we ask our Heavenly Father for bread, He will not give us a stone. In like manner has the Lord Jesus given to His people a cheque of prayer upon the love of His Father, which they must present to Him — a blank page (charta blanca) as Spener says. And what does it mean? If a warrant, or other legal document is to take effect, it must be endorsed by the name of some one in authority, otherwise it is so much waste paper. But he is far too wise to answer them. For what have we instead? His resurrection has east light upon all the darkest places of man's destiny which before He could not by any words so illuminate. Ask and you will receive that your joy may be full.”(John 16:24). )All questions answeredR. (a)That sinners in themselves are quite unacceptable in heaven, even in their religious duties (Proverbs 15:8; Isaiah 64:6). It is better for a boy to puzzle out the meaning of a Latin book by his own brains and a lexicon than lazily to use an interlinear translation. Then there are prayers which ask for wrong things, or they ask in a wrong way, and so they are wasted. (b)The soul's going to Christ for strength to duty by trusting on Him for it (Isaiah 26:4; Psalm 71:16).4. He has been taught music, yet he plays without feeling, and incorrectly. Our Lord never worked a miracle unless the person asking for help showed faith. Thus there are times when to pray is the hardest of all tasks; when God appears to be far off. Some months after, she re-appeared with her neighbours, and a man whom she introduced to me as her husband. Prayer is asking God to supply our need. 24). (a)The soul's going out of itself for strength to the duty; that is, renouncing all confidence in itself for the right management of it (2 Corinthians 3:5). If a warrant, or other legal document is to take effect, it must be endorsed by the name of some one in authority, otherwise it is so much waste paper. L. Hull, B. If it is in harmony with the will of God, it is sure not to be offered in vain. Because the crown of Christ is as much yours as His Cross. From this doctrine we learn —(1) What a holy God we have to do with in prayer (Leviticus 10:3). That is surely but an indifferent servant who requires his orders to be repeated from his master's mouth.2. J. W. Can we believe that they will be answered? Well, it means this. (b)More particularly, praying in the name of Christ, and for His sake consists in renouncing all merit and worth in ourselves, in point of access, acceptance, and gracious answer (Genesis 32:10); believing that however great the mercies are, and however unworthy we are, yet we may obtain them from God through Jesus Christ (Hebrews 4:15, 16). Well, it means this. (3) Complying with the duty out of respect to His honour and glory. "If ye shall ask anything in My name I will do it." Prayer is not consistent with a perfect state of being. They dishonour God, His Son, and His mercies, that ask anything but in the name of Christ.5. That woman does not doubt the power of prayer.(C. 22). In the Old Testament, the first grain was given to God at the temple so that the crops were blessed. When we rose, I said to the poor woman, "Do not fret about the matter. He has been answered already most distinctly. Spurgeon. (2) Are any kind of wishes which are presented in dependence upon Christ certain to be fulfilled? He must consider them fit to be offered in His name., or they are useless. To them there often seemed to be two great powers in the universe — the divine and the evil, and in their darkness they cried to Him whom they felt was true, though they understood not how. (2) Wherein acting in prayer in the strength of Christ lies. God knows a great deal better what is good for us; and so He says: "Delight thyself in the Lord, and He will give thee the desires of thine heart." 22). We shall perceive how both the difficulties we have noticed vanish before the true meaning of Christ's promise. time, or rising-time; these are special occasions, the general time for prayer is all day long. This implies —(1) A high esteem of Christ (1 Peter 2:7), for God is honoured in His Son (John 5:23). The words "in My name" refer to the new meaning which Christ had given to prayer. "Are my sins forgiven me? Nothing can savour with God that comes from a sinner, but what is perfumed with the merit and intercession of Christ (2 Corinthians 2:15; Ephesians 1:6).6. Then there are prayers which ask for wrong things, or they ask in a wrong way, and so they are wasted. For my own part, I never enter a railway carriage without a prayer, and I advise you to do the like, then, come what will, we have put the matter in God's hands.(H. My brothers, our prayers are often as badly put together as Eddie's scrawl, but the good God knows His children's meaning.II. Heathen prayer is the violent effort to make God will what I wish. To them there often seemed to be two great powers in the universe — the divine and the evil, and in their darkness they cried to Him whom they felt was true, though they understood not how. God's gifts come down through the same channel through which our prayer goes up. It was a general illustration that fitted a particular case. The nature of it. (4) Doing it with heart and good-will (Isaiah 64:5).3. He repented and sought the Lord, and as soon as possible, returned to his wife and his daily calling. In seeking in prayer the mercies we need of God for Christ's sake accordingly (John 16:24). Well, it means this. What is meant by asking in Christ's name? Can we wonder that He does not answer them?I. (2) Let us prize the love of Christ in making an entrance for us into the holy place, through the veil of His flesh (Hebrews 10:20). The Romans of old never undertook a war, or any serious matter, without consulting an oracle. What is a bad thing for a child cannot be a good thing for a man. Sinners can have no access to God without a Mediator, and there is no other Mediator but He (Isaiah 59:2; 1 Timothy 2:5).2. Is it possible, then, that amidst all changes and the sorrows we may have a deep and stable joy? The man who could really pray in his place of business would not be able to tell a lie over the counter. 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