ASK and RECEIVE


IN THAT DAY YOU WILL ASK NOTHING OF ME. Truly, truly, I say to you , If you ask anything of the Father, he will give it to you in my name. Hither to you have asked nothing in my name; ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full.


‘I have said this to you in figures; the hour is coming when I shall no longer speak to you in figures, but tell you plainly of the Father. In that day you will ask in my name; and I do not say to you that I shall pray the Father for you; for the Father himself loves you, because you have loved me and have believed that I come from the Father. I came from the Father and have come into the world; again, I am leaving the world and going to the Father.’


“His disciples said, ‘Ah, now you are speaking plainly, not in any figure! Now we know that you know all things, and need none to question you; by this we believe that you came from God.’”


To ask in the name of Jesus Christ is to ask in the nature of Jesus Christ. When that nature is confirmed in us, we will not ask amiss, but in all righteousness, or right purpose, and our requests will be fulfilled . But unless the truth is in us as a working factor in our life, it will not seem to be so. We can only receive what we are prepared to receive. We must stir up the gift of God that is within us.


Perhaps the greatest stumbling block for the disciples—and the greatest one for us today— is that we expect God to do something for us that needs to be done through us.


Jesus’ teachings about the giving of alm s “in secret” is still puzzling to many. Even those who have read the Lloyd C. Douglas novel “Magnificent Obsession” often fail to grasp the principle involved, and think of it as just a story; whereas what Jesus was saying, and what Douglas tried to make clear in the dramatic action of his story, is that when we make God our partner in giving, and do not give that we may be praised by men,” the Father “who sees in secret” will reward us openly. This takes giving out of the element of barter (“You must give to me because I have given to you”) and puts it in its higher category of giving because it is a good, even a Godlike, thing to do, let results be what they may.



The hazard in asking for anything less than the will of God is that we are so very likely to get what we ask for; and what we ask for takes its pattern not exclusively from our stated prayers or our wishful thinking, but from our habitual responses to life. If a man affirms health in his prayers, and illness by his way of life, which, should we say, is the more likely—even inevitably—to be answered? Our own unconscious recognition of this imbalance between aspiration and activation is found in the expression, “You asked for it!”


My whole being, bady, mind, soul, spirit, asks for your guidance, 0 God. I ask for a healthy body by observing the laws of health as I know them. I ask for wisdom by exercising my mental aptitudes, by enlarging my knowledge of things supernal and mundane. I let “this mind {be in me which was also in Christ Jesus.” I feel my oneness with Him, and my soul is enriched, renewed, and restored. From the center of light within me, 0 God, I radiate love and healing to all the world. I give thanks that all that is mind by divine right comes to me in response to Your Presence within me.


SOURCE:

THE WEEK THAT CHANGED THE WORLD.

Copyright @ 1968 by: Unity School of Christianity

By: Ernest C. Wilson (pgs. 114-116)



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