Saturday, Sixth Week of Easter

John 16:23-28

I tell you most solemnly,
anything you ask for from the Father he will grant in my name.
Until now you have not asked for anything in my name.
Ask and you will receive, and so your joy will be complete.

In the Penny Catechism the treatment of prayer looks very straight forward:

What is prayer?
Prayer is the raising up of the heart and mind to God.

How do we raise our hearts and minds to God?
We raise up our heart and mind to God by thinking of God; by adoring, praising, and thanking him; and by begging of him all blessings for soul and body.

I am pleasantly surprised that what I learnt at seven holds as true now as it did then. Reading this as an adult I am struck by how this definition of prayer is wholistic and encompasses many of the things that define us as human beings made in God’s image. Prayer is about my whole self, my true self, in relationship with God. Jesus is our model for this. In prayer Jesus’ and Father’s will are one.

When Jesus tells his disciples ‘until now you have not asked for anything in my name’, I wonder if this is another way of saying ‘you haven’t asked for anything with your true self’? When we ask with our true selves we are given the assurance that ‘our joy will be complete.’ This is personal and graced. We cannot force this.

What do you most need and desire in Jesus name?