John 16:23,24– “Whatever you ask the Father in my name, He will give you. Until now you have asked nothing in my name. Ask, and YOU WILL RECEIVE, that your joy may be full.”
As a child, I used to watch a TV show named “I Dream of Jeannie.” The premise of the show was that the possessor of the lamp would rub the lamp and the genie would appear to grant them their wish. As kids, many of us dreamed of being granted one wish. Solomon got the “one wish.” The disciples were given the same opportunity, only better. Instead of one granted request, they were given unlimited requests. This gift was guaranteed in the context of their friendship with Jesus. As disciples, Jesus promoted them and us from servants (or orphans) to friends.
Accompanying our promotion to friendship, Jesus gave us an amazing list of promises. Each promise was given for us to experience the fullness of the kingdom, for the purpose of the expansion of the Kingdom.
Look at these few promises. They are enough to change your life and your involvement in the Kingdom.
John 15:7 “If you abide in me, and MY Words abide in you, you can ask what you desire, and it shall be given to you.”
John 15:16 “Whatever you ask the Father in my name He will give you.”
John 14:14 “If you ask anything in my name, I WILL do it.”
For us to properly understand and receive what Jesus has offered us in these few verses requires us to get beyond any religious thinking about what it means to be a follower of Christ. God never intended for the believer to be a puppet on a string. God actually makes Himself vulnerable to the desires of His people. John Wesley said, “If it matters to you, it matters to Him.”
While many are waiting for another Word or the next “Word from God,” He is actually waiting to hear the dream that is in your heart. What keeps you motivated? What gets you up in the morning? Because God is our Father, He relates to us as His children (not orphans) but rather His sons and daughters. So anytime we approach Him as beggars or with an orphan attitude, it impedes our progress and destiny. But anytime we fully understand who we are as His children and simply ask in faith, God now orchestrates our desire to take us into the direction of His destiny for our lives. God is waiting on us to take our role as His child and ask like a loved child – not because He needs us, but because He loves us as a Loving Father. Bill Johnson says, “Jesus came to a planet of orphans to reveal what we needed most…the Father.”
My prayer for you today is that you will see yourself the way that God (your Loving Father) see’s you – as His own. You are blessed and highly favored! So, I encourage you today to look into your heart and dig up those forgotten about dreams and desires, and ask your Father to fulfill them…in faith.