A Prayer Time's Reflection

Good morning all! Don't you love to hear good morning? It's a good reminder that it's a new day, the day is young. Thank you Lord for another day.

Prayer is a great start to my mornings. Sometimes I pray in just a couple of breaths, other times it can be longer. What do I feel as I pray? I feel God's peace, love, and fire. I feel this excitement in my soul to be speaking with the Father. I can pray for others, this world, for my life. I can go to Him about anything, and it's empowering. This morning, prayer led me to John 16.

I love how Jesus speaks, starting in verse 12 he says, "I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth, for he will not speak on his own authority, but whatever he hears he will speak, and he will declare to you the things that are to come."

Jesus has a lot to say to us, there's a lot that He can tell us, but He chooses to wait. He chooses to wait to share them when the timing is right, when we can bear it. How wise, right? Think about it, He can do whatever He wants, He's the son of God! But He knows our hearts, He knows what we can bear and when, so He speaks of things in the right moment. I wonder what He's keeping from me because He knows I couldn't bear to hear it right now? I see this as a promise, that some prayers that feel unanswered could be that I can't bear the answer right now. They may be answered in the future, in the right time. But, in verse 24 He also says, "Until now you have asked nothing in my name. Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full."

In verse 12 He talks about the Helper, that's Holy Spirit. He is the Spirit of truth; God's Spirit is truth. That's all He speaks. And in this truth, verse 8 says, "when he comes, he will convict the world concerning sin and righteousness and judgment: concerning sin, because they do not believe in me, concerning righteousness, because I go to the Father, and you will see me no longer; concerning judgment, because the ruler of this world is judged."

Holman's commentary says, "The ruler of this world in its fallen, sinful state is Satan (John 14:30; John 16:11; 1 John 5:19). Now, at the cross, the devil would be cast out, or decisively defeated (Luke 10:18; Colossians 2:14-15)." 

Don't worry, the devil has been decisively defeated at the cross. Thank you, Jesus! Jesus reassures us of this, and gives us an encouragement of when we still may face heartache in this world. 

Verse 32: "Behold, the hour is coming, indeed it has come, when you will be scattered, each to his own home, and will leave me alone. Yet I am not alone, for the Father is with me. I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world."

In the times of heartache and misery, we can have His peace. We are encouraged to know that He has overcome the world. He has experienced the heartache and misery that we face on this earth. He has felt our pain, whatever pain that is. He was tempted as He was on this earth, He understands what it's like to be tempted. But, He overcame it all. He has overcome the world. 

Verse 22: "So also you have sorrow now, but I will see you again, and your hearts will rejoice, and no one will take your joy from you."

I also have to note on His comment that though we leave Him alone, He is not alone, for the Father is with Him. How great, we are never alone. Though people leave us or we feel abandoned, we are not alone. God the Father is with us.

What are some prayer time reflections you have pondered on? Feel free to share them in the comments!


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