Joy-Full Prayer Requests

A devotion on John 16:23-24

In that day you will ask me no questions. Most certainly I tell you, whatever you may 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 made full.
–John 16:23-24

I cried like a baby when my best friend moved away.

Although I was happy that her family had found an amazing opportunity, I felt sad that I wouldn’t be able to drop by her home and see them as often.

We had both moved to the same town years ago to attend graduate school. In that town, we graduated, got married, and became parents. We had celebrated so many milestones together and now she and her family were leaving. Saying goodbye was hard.

In John 16, Jesus is saying his goodbyes to His good friends.

I can only imagine how emotionally charged that scene was for all of them. The disciples had spent years cultivating a friendship with the Savior of the world, and now He was leaving them behind. Their hearts were sad. Maybe they even cried.

At that moment, Jesus let them know that His departure would cause them grief and sorrow. Despite this, their grief would not last forever because they would be reunited with Him one day and their grief would turn into joy.

This same promise is for us.

Jesus promises unspeakable joy to His disciples. He urges us to pray, asking Him for the desires of our hearts and trusting Him to answer because He longs to fill our lives with heavenly joy.

Prayer

Precious Lord, Please bless my prayers. May every request I make be one that enables You to fill me with joy. In Jesus’ name I always pray, Amen.

Reflection

What is the hardest goodbye I’ve had to say? In a world filled with goodbyes, how can I be filled with heavenly joy?