DAILY DEVOTIONS:May 18 'Asking and Trusting'

'Asking and Trusting'
St. John I
If you ask anything of me in my name, I will do it.
- John 14:14
Two aspects of this verse puzzle me. First, what does it mean to ask for something in Jesus' name? Interpretations I have read say that this conveyed a special power. The other aspect I struggle with is the seeming promise that if we ask right, what we pray for will definitely happen. But experience has shown me that many good things I have prayed for have not happened, even though I prayed fervently and frequently. For me, when I pray in Jesus' name, I am picturing him beside me, understanding my concern with tender empathy, saying, "I am with you in this." The outcome may not be what I ask for, but some kind of goodness will come from it. A friend whose sickness has eluded diagnosis keeps saying she is "looking to see that something beautiful is about to happen."
Jesus, in your name, I ask for that kind of courageous trust.
- Patricia Livingston


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