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Thursday, February 07, 2019

One of the most surprising things to me in the study of love that we’ve been doing based on John 13-17 is what Jesus said about love in relation to prayer.  In John 16:23-27 Jesus says that up to that point they had come to Him when they wanted something.  Then He told them there was coming a day when they would ask the Father for things in Jesus’ name.  The implication is that Jesus would intercede on their behalf with the Father. 

But there’s an even better scenario.  Once Jesus made provision for us through His death and resurrection He wouldn’t need to intercede or persuade the Father anymore.  No, the Father Himself will love us because we love Jesus and believe that He came from God.  The amazing thing here is the love mentioned in verse 27 is “phileo”.  The Father will have a natural affection for us because we have a natural affection for Jesus.  Jesus said that if we love Him with even a “phileo” love the Father will have a natural affection for us and doesn’t need to be persuaded to listen to and answer our prayers. 

God desires to bless us.  Too often we feel as though God isn’t interested in responding to our needs.  We think we need to persuade Him.  No, that’s all wrong.  We need to take hold of His glad willingness by faith.  When we do He responds as Paul described in Ephesians 3:20, “Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us.”  Isn’t that encouraging?


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