John 16:33 - I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.
Life can be hard, amen? The Lord gave us, in John 13-16, some tremendous resources to get us through a hard world. So far we have seen:
- PEOPLE TO COUNT ON.
- THE PROSPECT OF THINGS TO COME.
- A PERSON WITH PRESENCE AND POWER.
- A PLACE TO BELONG.
He gave us even more, one that we don't use near enough: the PRIVILEGE OF PRAYER.
John 16:23-24 - In that day you will ask nothing of me. Truly, truly, I say to you, whatever you ask of the Father in my name, he will give it to you. Until now you have asked nothing in my name. Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full.
Many times Jesus told us to pray in His name. What does it mean to pray in Jesus’ name?
This means much more than tacking a phrase at the end of your prayer. It is praying in unity with Christ, that is, praying for what Jesus would want!
Prayer certainly changes things, no doubt about that. But when we pray, when we really pray, we find that prayer changes US! You find yourself becoing less concerned with what you want, and more concerned with what will glorify God. And when that becomes your agenda, it doesn’t matter what the world throws at you because you are in tune with God
In John 14:27, Jesus said, "Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid."
So enough with trying to find peace the worldly way - it's temporary and shallow.
So enough with expecting everything to be great here during our stay on the earth, it isn’t going to happen.
Are you using the resources that God has given you? We can experience the peace that Christ gives as we do life together, keeping our eyes on eternity, following the guidance of the Holy Spirit, walking in obedience and communing with God in prayer.
Let's do it - but let's do it with the resources God has given us.
p.s. - that is quite a toolbelt we have!