Having Complete Joy

Until now you have not asked for anything in my name. Ask and you will receive, and your joy will be complete. John 16:24 NIV


Jesus had been comforting His disciples and preparing them for His departure. He reassures them that although he will physically leave them, they will still have access to God through prayer in his name.

Jesus emphasizes the importance of asking in his name. This implies that prayer is not merely about presenting requests to God but doing so in alignment with Jesus Christ’s character, will, and authority. Asking in Jesus’ name signifies a recognition of his lordship and authority in our lives.

We are encouraged to ask with confidence. Jesus assures His disciples and us that if they ask in His name, they will receive. This doesn’t necessarily mean that every request will be granted exactly as asked, but rather that God hears and responds to the prayers of those who trust in Him.

Jesus connects answered prayer with complete joy. This suggests that when we align our desires with God’s will and ask in Jesus’ name, our joy will be fulfilled. This joy comes not just from receiving what is asked for but from the deeper sense of connection with God and the assurance of His love and provision.

This verse underscores the relational aspect of prayer and our relationship with God. It highlights the intimacy and trust that we can have in our communication with God, understanding that we can approach Him as a loving Father who desires to give good gifts to His children.

We are encouraged to pray boldly, confidently, and in alignment with the will and character of Jesus Christ, with the assurance that our prayers will be heard and answered, leading to a deep and abiding joy in our relationship with God.

–Diane (

Written by Diane Levy


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