“These words you hear are not my own; they belong to the Father who sent me. All this I have spoken while still with you. But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you” (John 14:24-26).

During Christ’s life upon earth, the disciples had known but little of the power of prayer. In Gethsemane, Peter and the others had utterly failed. They had no conception of what it was to ask in the name of Jesus, and to receive. The Lord promised them that in that day which was coming, they would be able to pray with such a power in His name that they might ask what they would and it should be given them. “In that day you shall ask in my name and shall receive.” With a great majority of Christians, there is such a lack of knowledge of their oneness with Christ Jesus, and of the Holy Spirit as the spirit of prayer, that they do not even attempt to claim the wonderful promises Christ here gives. But when God’s children know what it is to abide in Christ and in vital union with Him and to yield to the Holy Spirit’s teaching, they begin to learn that their intercession avails much, and that God will give the power of His Spirit in answer to their prayer. It is in faith in the power of Jesus’ name, and in our right to use it, that will give us the courage to follow on where God invites us to the holy office of intercessors.

When our Lord Jesus, in His farewell discourse, gave His unlimited prayer promise, He sent the disciples out into the world with this consciousness: “He who sits upon the throne, and who lives in my heart, has promised that what I ask in His name I shall receive. He will do it.” Oh, if Christians knew what it is to yield themselves to Jesus Christ and His service, how their eyes would be opened to see that intense and unceasing prayerfulness is essential in a healthy spiritual life and that the power of all-prevailing intercession is the portion of those who live for their Lord.

Adapted from Daily Secrets of Christian Living