Jesus Wants Us to Ask

In the Gospel of John, chapter 16 and verse 24, Jesus said these words to His followers: “Until now, you have asked nothing in My Name. Ask and you’ll receive, that your joy might be full.”

Now how perplexing that having walked with Jesus three years—seeing His miracles, witnessing His power, seeing His compassion for the people—that these disciples have been, in spite of this, silent when it comes to prayer.

I think about you and me, or many churches across the nation, where we have many testimonies of Scripture—we know of the compassion of God; we have the history of miracles—yet He looks down upon the churches of this nation, “Until now, you have asked nothing in My Name. Ask and you will receive, that your joy might be full!”

My brother, my sister, Jesus wants to answer prayer! It’s time for you and me to pray.

God Will Make a Way

In the book of Second Kings, chapter 2, verse 13 and 14, the Scripture tells us of Elisha—who took the mantle of Elijah that had fallen from him and went back and stood by the bank of the Jordan River. Then he took the mantle of Elijah that had fallen, struck the water and said, “Where is the God of Elijah?” And where he struck the water, it divided this way and that.

The Scripture tells us that Elijah crossed over. Now when he took this mantle of Elijah and called out, “Where is the God of Elijah?” he was saying this: “Lord, I will walk with You if You will come to us once again.”

The Lord came and opened a way that was impossible to man, gave him power to endure the mockery of the godless, and through him brought healing to a city.

My brother, my sister, it is time for you and I to pray.

The Godless Had a Champion

In the book of first Samuel, chapter 17, in verse 4, the Scripture tells us that the Philistine army—who were the enemies of the testimony of God—had a champion whose name was Goliath. He stood incredibly tall in natural, human strength. There must have been a question among the people: “What are we to do? How do we counter this that has come against us?”

We must remember though that God also had a champion. He had a young boy who, in the physical sense, didn’t look like he was any match for what he had to face. But David knew how to pray, and because he did, he laid hold of the power. One more time, with the miraculous strength that Christ is willing to provide for you and me today, David changed the course of history.

We must lay hold of God again. We’re facing formidable enemies in our society. You and I must pray again.

Teach Us to Pray

In the gospel of Luke, chapter 11, Jesus was teaching us how to pray. He used the illustration of a man coming to his friend’s house saying, “Someone at midnight has come to me, and I have nothing to set before him.” And He says even though he won’t rise because he’s his friend, yet because of his insistence, he will rise and give him as much as he needs.

Jesus says, “I say to you, ask and it shall be given to you; seek and you shall find; knock and it shall be opened to you.” If you know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him?

My friend, it’s midnight. It’s a darkened time. It’s a difficult time. It’s a time of struggle and trial and distress in our culture, and people are coming our way. You and I need something to set before them. We have to go to the throne of God and say, “God, You have what I need.”

It’s time to pray.

Praying for Those Who Have No Strength

You and I are living today in a society that is literally rife with pain. I heard a report just the other day again of another young student with seemingly such a bright future suddenly deciding to take his own life. So many are on the highways and byways of life like the blind man in the Scriptures. Others are trying to press through the crowd, trying to get healed of an inner agony that is simply too deep for anything but God to touch.

And there are even others like the man in Mark, chapter 2 who can’t get to God on his own, but he had four friends who were willing to take him up on a rooftop and let him down through the roof right into the very presence of God who healed him. Those four friends are like you and I—the Church of Jesus Christ. We have to pray. We’ve got to lay hold of God on behalf of those who have no strength.

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It’s Really Time to Pray

The one thing that I can say definitively about this church age is that you and I don’t have it all together. If we did, our societies and our cities would look quite differently than they do today. But I thank God with all of my heart that Hebrews tells us that in a season of weakness, people were able to find strength. Listen to the words of the writer in chapter 4, verse 16. He says, “Let us come boldly to the throne of grace that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.”

We’re in a time of need. Our children are crying out for truth on every street corner; our families are falling apart. Civility has been thrown to the wind. The church has lost the power of the cross. But that power can be regained if we come to the throne of grace and say, “God, You have to help us to get back to where the power that You have really is.”

It is really time to pray. We invite you to pray with us at our worldwide prayer meeting. Visit