Read John 16:24
Jesus says He’ll give what we ask so our joy (5479) “cheerfulness, calm delight,” will be full (4137) “to make replete, to cram (a net) level up (a hollow) to furnish (or imbue, diffuse, influence), satisfy, execute (an office), finish (a period or task) verify (or coincide with a prediction)” I’ll be honest, I often have a problem with this verse (and those like it) because I see it so overtly misapplied for selfish gain that I’ve a tendency to err on the side of too much-miss-the-blessing-that-it-is-caution. It’s sad really. I almost feel shackled and held back from dynamic prayer requests for fear I might be asking for the wrong thing or with the wrong motive. When I write that truth, of course, I see the problem, fear. You see, as a human, one with children and a husband who’s a good deal older, there are things my “heart” desires that I’m pretty certain are just worldly comforts. Should I then ask for those things? I’m always reticent to bring up prayers that request things. I prefer to pray for healings and provisions. So, I have to wonder, am I missing the boat on this since the Greek says He wants to cram me full of cheerfulness and calm delight. It’s definitely worthy of further consideration.
Father, You know I don’t want to be guilty of selfish gain prayers, but You also know there are things on this earth that I desire. Show me what You’d have me pray for and about. I place this request at Your feet in Jesus’ Name. Amen.