This is Day One of the Blogging A to Z Challenge 2015. We are embarking on an adventure to learn a verse for every letter of the alphabet. I’ll put our verse up each day with some brief insights, but the greatest benefit will come to each of us as we meditate the verse throughout the day. If you follow the suggestions, you will become so familiar with each verse that you will consider it a Faithful Friend. It will be there in your time of need and can readily be shared with others in need. You can click on the A to Z Challenge 2015 tab at the top to go back and review the posts or catch up if you miss one. Also each day, check the A to Z Prayer Wall and pray for others throughout the month of April. You can leave your personal insights and prayer requests in the comments. Thanks for joining me in this adventure. Let’s go!
I want you to meet our verse for the letter A-John 16:24, the first verse of our A to Z Scripture Adventure. “Ask and you shall receive that your joy may be full,” has been with me since July of 2001. I had met this verse in church a few times, but it became real to me the summer before I started teaching at our Christian school in North Carolina. It was the first one of 26 that I knew I would teach my students. My idea was that they would have 26 verses that they could call their own, that if awakened in the night, they would know these verses so well they could quote them from their heart without even being fully awake. These verses would become a part of them and would be with them all of their lives.
This amazing verse virtually covers every need anyone could have. It promises that God will answer your every request and every question. Just ask. This is not a slot machine verse where you just say, “I want this and I want that.” This is a relationship verse.
When reading it in the context of John 16, you see that Jesus was telling His disciples what was to happen to Him. He would soon leave them and they would be distraught, but He had to go in order to send Someone else. He would send Someone who could be closer to them than even He was. He would send the Holy Spirit, the Comforter, the Spirit of truth. This made it possible for them and us to have direct access to God, the Father. We can now ask “anything in His name (Jesus’s name) and He (God) will do it.
Again, this is not a slot machine verse. It is a relationship verse. God was confident that the Spirit of truth living in us would guide us into all truth. This means we would be wise enough to ask the best questions and to receive the best answers. We would learn to listen to our heart for the answers rather than seeking answers only through our reasoning. Because this wonderful Comforter and Friend is closer than close to us, we can ask questions all day long, and learn to hear His answers and receive His guidance. It is having the Wisest One quite literally available to us at all times and willing to provide the answers we need.
As we get this verse in our heart, we will know how and what to ask. We will receive, and our joy will be full! Isn’t this enough to make you want to turn flips in the spirit and get this verse in your heart as fast as you can! Say it or think it every time you open a door today, or every time you brush your teeth or every time you see a red car. Say it or think it ten times each time, and learn the reference, too. It takes a good deal of repetition and meditation to get a verse in you, just as it takes many repetitions to strengthen our physical muscles, but it is one of the most worthwhile efforts you can ever make.
And Now a Joke Just for Fun:
A fellow was praying one day and feeling very close to the Lord, so close he felt he could ask Him any question and he would get an answer. So he looked up to heaven and asked the Lord, “Lord, what is a thousand years like to you?” The man was startled when he immediately heard the Lord say, “My son, a thousand years is like a second to me.” The man was encouraged and asked another question, “Lord, what is a million dollars to you?” The Voice of the Lord boomed from heaven, “A million dollars, my child, is like a penny to me.” After a brief pause, the gentleman humbly looks to heaven and asks, “Lord, will you give me a million dollars?” The Lord’s voice rang out, “Just a second.”
We will soon learn to ask the best questions!
Now would you take a moment and open the A to Z Prayer Wall tab and ask God to to intervene in these needs. Thanks! Enjoy your day with “Ask and you shall receive that your joy may be full.”