They dishonour God, His Son, and His mercies, that ask anything but in the name of Christ.5. I feel sure your husband will come home, and that he will yet become connected with our church." I said, "There is nothing that we can do but to kneel down and cry to the Lord for the immediate conversion of your husband." Our praying in the name of Christ is a part of the reward of Christ's voluntary humiliation for God's glory and the salvation of sinners (Philippians 2:9, 10).4. A. THE MINISTRATIONS OF THE SAVIOUR, WHEN OUR HEARTS ARE RIGHT, AS THEY WILL BE VERY SOON, CANNOT FAIL TO SATISFY US. Then there are prayers, so full of self that there is no room for Jesus in them. Does it not point to that great and blessed truth, "Whatsoever thing the Father doeth that also doeth the Son likewise."2. The Romans of old never undertook a war, or any serious matter, without consulting an oracle. He repented and sought the Lord, and as soon as possible, returned to his wife and his daily calling. Here He sets forth the Father as the Answerer, because His purpose is to point away from undue dependence on His own corporeal presence. CHRIST'S LOVE FOR HIS DISCIPLES IS SUCH THAT HE CANNOT BE WITH THEM WITHOUT FILLING THEM WITH GOOD. Let the people who lose their temper so easily, and say words which they bitterly repent, pray more frequently, and the bitter words would be turned into blessing.2. Prayer in Christ's name clears away the two great difficulties to which I have referred. Many eager Christian souls, hungering after certainty and rest, have east themselves into the arms of an infallible pope. Negatively, it is not a bare mentioning His name in prayer, and concluding our prayers therewith (Matthew 7:21). In pleading His merit and intercession (Psalm 84:9); in trusting that we shall obtain a gracious answer for His sake (Mark 11:24).III. (4) Doing it with heart and good-will (Isaiah 64:5).3. Let those stand reproved who —(1) Make approach unto God in prayer, as an absolute God, without consideration of the Mediator (John 5:23; Ephesians 2:18). They dishonour God, His Son, and His mercies, that ask anything but in the name of Christ.5. Sinners can have no access to God without a Mediator, and there is no other Mediator but He (Isaiah 59:2; 1 Timothy 2:5).2. Spurgeon. It does not make Him more loving, but it fits us to obtain what He is willing to bestow. If we believe that such prayer will be answered we are constantly met by the awful thought that God has ordered eternally all the circumstances of life for the best and wisest ends. When we rose, I said to the poor woman, "Do not fret about the matter. Chilled thus by the world of sense, the fire of devotion frequently appears to have almost died out, having left only cold ashes on the altar of the heart.2. There would not be so many unhappy marriages, discontented workers, and wrong men in wrong places, if we would pray before making a solemn choice. When we rose, I said to the poor woman, "Do not fret about the matter. Only the prayer of praise, adoration, and thanksgiving shall remain, and that shall remain for all eternity.(R. There are people who have "said their prayers" all through life, and, perhaps, never really prayed once. So it is utterly impossible that you can lack, when with Christ, any good thing.III. H. Then there is at once a plain answer.2. Is not God always giving? (2) Put other things in the room of the Mediator, or join other things with Him. To them there often seemed to be two great powers in the universe — the divine and the evil, and in their darkness they cried to Him whom they felt was true, though they understood not how. THE FULLNESS OF IMPORT AND BLESSING WHICH THIS PROMISE CONTAINS. (b)Christ is most acceptable there (Matthew 3.; Ephesians 5:2). And here we find the infinite merit of His sacrifice (Romans 3:25), and His never-failing intercession to rely on (Hebrews 7:25). The nature of it. In religion the same thing often occurs. 2. Then there are prayers which ask for wrong things, or they ask in a wrong way, and so they are wasted. She told me her story, and a sad one it was. Heathen prayer is the violent effort to make God will what I wish. W. Evans, B. D.)No want in the presence of JesusS. "I shall see if she loves me." Let the people who lose their temper so easily, and say words which they bitterly repent, pray more frequently, and the bitter words would be turned into blessing.2. A man with a prayer in his mouth would have no room for an oath, or a bad story. The word "whatsoever" must be taken simply and literally. "That your joy may be full," says my text, or "fulfilled," like some jewelled, golden cup charged to the very brim with rich and quickening wine, so that there is no room for a drop more. (2) Let us prize the love of Christ in making an entrance for us into the holy place, through the veil of His flesh (Hebrews 10:20). Consider that we are in this matter to rely on Him only for access to God in our prayers (Ephesians 3:12; John 14:6). Men ask for happiness: do they mean that they are afraid of sorrow — they cannot bear the Cross? (2) There is no access to God, nor acceptance of prayer another way (chap. Will he tempt Christ by asking twice over?4. The promises of the covenant were all made to Jesus Christ, as the party who fulfilled the condition of the covenant (Galatians 3:16).3. (2) On every occasion when we have to make an important choice, let us pray about it, even as Jesus prayed before He chose His disciples, and the apostles before the election of Matthias. (2) Again, men in the old time were often tempted to fancy that God was far off, and cared little for their necessities; Christ revealed God as everywhere — working in every life, searching every soul. Do not wait to go to church, or till bed. H. Spurgeon.Some years ago, a poor woman accompanied by two of her neighbours, came to my vestry in deep distress. The disciples were aware of Jesus' conflict with Jewish authorities and the danger that it presented. When we rose, I said to the poor woman, "Do not fret about the matter. To pray not with the notion of changing God's plan, but because that plan is the best. Because the crown of Christ is as much yours as His Cross. If a warrant, or other legal document is to take effect, it must be endorsed by the name of some one in authority, otherwise it is so much waste paper. Always. (2) Let us prize the love of Christ in making an entrance for us into the holy place, through the veil of His flesh (Hebrews 10:20). If so, can they pray that prayer in the name of Him who gave up all happiness for man, who endured the Cross and the shame, who, because it was the Father's will, bore all sorrow and made it holy? "If ye shall ask anything in My name." But apart from these changes of the inner life, there are two great difficulties surrounding every act of prayer. He showed that God was willing all good to His creatures, and overcoming all evil — that the eternal love was shining behind all the clouds of suffering and sorrow. Have they been truly turned unto Him? Then there are special occasions when we need to pray for a special object —(1) In all cases of danger and difficulty. He has been answered already. What is meant by asking in Christ's name? (5) That the acceptable petitioner's encouragement to pray is from Jesus Christ (Hebrews 4:14-16).2. HOW TO PRAY. Many eager Christian souls, hungering after certainty and rest, have east themselves into the arms of an infallible pope. The name of Christ is His whole revealed character. Jesus repeats (John 16:23-24) the promise to answer the disciples’ prayers offered in His name (see John 14:13-14; 15:7, 16). Our English word "ask" means two things, either to question in order to get information or to beseech, in order to get gifts. On making inquiry and comparing notes, we found that, on the very day on which we had prayed for his conversion, he, being at that time on board a ship far away on the sea, stumbled most unexpectedly upon a stray copy of one of my sermons. Those are … — "If it be possible let sorrow pass from Me — nevertheless, not as I will, but as Thou wilt." You know that every man in a high office receives a vast number of letters, many of them very foolish, and even wicked. Is the conscience directed by Christ's Word? Chilled thus by the world of sense, the fire of devotion frequently appears to have almost died out, having left only cold ashes on the altar of the heart.2. We knelt down, and I prayed that the Lord would touch the heart of the deserter, and convert his soul, and bring him back home. He read it, the truth went to his heart. The nature of it. answer me by showing me some token of it." Let him ask his own heart and conscience upon which road he has been travelling; where has the Lord found him when the fear of approaching death surprised him. John 16:23. Christ came into the world to reveal what God was and to explain His plan. Because God knew their wants, men were to ask. They dishonour God, His Son, and His mercies, that ask anything but in the name of Christ.5. But consider how much is involved in that fact, that, as a matter of course, our Lord alternates the two forms, and sometimes says, "I will do it," and sometimes says, "The Father will do it." (b)The mercy of God considered without a view to the satisfaction of His justice by the Mediator. But often, like foolish children, we ask him for a stone, or a scorpion. We knelt down, and I prayed that the Lord would touch the heart of the deserter, and convert his soul, and bring him back home. John 14:6).(T. L. Hull, B. If so, can they pray that prayer in the name of Him who gave up all happiness for man, who endured the Cross and the shame, who, because it was the Father's will, bore all sorrow and made it holy? You have made a sort of calculation of what God should give you in the shape of temporal good. Negatively, it is not a bare mentioning His name in prayer, and concluding our prayers therewith (Matthew 7:21). The flaming sword of justice, which guarded the way to the tree of life, was bathed in His blood, to procure us access to God. (a)Their own worth in respect of their qualifications and good things done by them (Luke 18:11, 12). II. He has no doubts; the words of his Master are yea and amen, and he has heard them. We have a completed revelation, and therefore we need ask Him nothing. Her husband had fled the country; in her sorrow she went to the house of God, and something I said in the sermon made her think I was personally familiar with her case. Does He need the utterance of our wants when He detects the secret desire in the heart trembling into words?II. If so, can they pray that prayer in the name of Him who gave up all happiness for man, who endured the Cross and the shame, who, because it was the Father's will, bore all sorrow and made it holy? PRACTICAL IMPROVEMENT.1. The man who could really pray in his place of business would not be able to tell a lie over the counter. I said, "There is nothing that we can do but to kneel down and cry to the Lord for the immediate conversion of your husband." Always. To pray not with the notion of changing God's plan, but because that plan is the best. Can we wonder that He does not answer them?I. Men were not to pray because they hoped to change God's plan, but because God's plan was the wisest and most loving. Thus there are times when to pray is the hardest of all tasks; when God appears to be far off. L. Hull, B. Either a life with superficial, transitory, incomplete gladnesses, and an aching centre of vacuity and pain, or one which in its outward aspects has much about it that is sad and trying, but down in the heart of it is calm and joyful. (1) Look at prayer for material blessings. )Prayer in the name of ChristR. In heaven they shall be set down at the fountain; but now the law of the house is, "Ask, and ye shall receive" (Matthew 7:7). (1) Look at prayer for material blessings. Shall a man ask of Christ —1. — "If it be possible let sorrow pass from Me — nevertheless, not as I will, but as Thou wilt." A. Or do they mean, "enable Me to bear happiness or sorrow?" (3) Whenever we take a journey, let us pray about it, as St. Paul did at Miletus, before he set out on his perilous voyage to Rome. Then there are prayers which ask for wrong things, or they ask in a wrong way, and so they are wasted. Again, there are prayers which seem unanswered because we have asked amiss. We shall perceive how both the difficulties we have noticed vanish before the true meaning of Christ's promise. In the highest sense a man can only receive what he feels he needs.(E. Heathen prayer is the violent effort to make God will what I wish. My brothers, our prayers are often as badly put together as Eddie's scrawl, but the good God knows His children's meaning.II. Ah! The messenger laughed at the strange letter, and declared that no one could make it out, "Mother will understand," said the child. The promises of the covenant were all made to Jesus Christ, as the party who fulfilled the condition of the covenant (Galatians 3:16).3. NO MORE QUESTIONINGS.1. Or do they, because they believe God is all-wise, ask to be able to bear success if it be His will it should come, and if not, to be enabled to stand failure? One cause of these is to be found in the variations of our inner life, Our faith in the spiritual is at some moments so full of power that thoughts too large for words ascend to the Eternal in unclothed aspirations. He has been taught to draw, yet an artist detects at once that he does not know the very A B C of art. Some months after, she re-appeared with her neighbours, and a man whom she introduced to me as her husband. "My name" means exactly what the same phrase means when it is applied to us. The words "in My name" refer to the new meaning which Christ had given to prayer. THE DIFFICULTIES WHICH ALL PRAYER SUGGESTS.1. And when Eddie's scrawl was given to her, she recognized at once the work of her child's fingers, and understood his meaning. If so, can they pray that prayer in the name of Him who gave up all happiness for man, who endured the Cross and the shame, who, because it was the Father's will, bore all sorrow and made it holy? How much more now in His state of glorification! (2) On every occasion when we have to make an important choice, let us pray about it, even as Jesus prayed before He chose His disciples, and the apostles before the election of Matthias. It is not consistent with the honour of God to give Sinners a favourable hearing otherwise (John 9:31, with 2 Corinthians 5:19, 21). Or do they, because they believe God is all-wise, ask to be able to bear success if it be His will it should come, and if not, to be enabled to stand failure? Our English word "ask" means two things, either to question in order to get information or to beseech, in order to get gifts. Then there are prayers which ask for wrong things, or they ask in a wrong way, and so they are wasted. L. Hull, B. A.I. He was quite unable to write, but he scrawled all over the paper, as little children will, and begged his friends to carry it to his mother, "then," said he. He showed that God was willing all good to His creatures, and overcoming all evil — that the eternal love was shining behind all the clouds of suffering and sorrow. (2) A Divine Spirit to teach us by blessing the exercise of our own faculties, and guiding us, not, indeed, into all the intellectual aspects of Christian truth, but into the loving possession, as a power in our lives, of all the truth that we need to raise us to the likeness of Christ.3. "My name" means exactly what the same phrase means when it is applied to us. God's gifts come down through the same channel through which our prayer goes up. (3) There can be no acceptable praying to God but by believers united to Christ having on the garment of His righteousness (John 9:31). The child fancied his mother would not have left him if she had loved him, and determined to send her a letter, and find out. But he is far too wise to answer them. (2) There is no access to God, nor acceptance of prayer another way (chap. The man who could really pray in his place of business would not be able to tell a lie over the counter. He repented and sought the Lord, and as soon as possible, returned to his wife and his daily calling. If a warrant, or other legal document is to take effect, it must be endorsed by the name of some one in authority, otherwise it is so much waste paper. (1) What is pre-supposed in this. (2) It prepares us to receive God's noblest gifts of love. But consider how much is involved in that fact, that, as a matter of course, our Lord alternates the two forms, and sometimes says, "I will do it," and sometimes says, "The Father will do it." He showed that God was willing all good to His creatures, and overcoming all evil — that the eternal love was shining behind all the clouds of suffering and sorrow. The sermon begins at the 13:49 point of the mp3 file. For the gracious answer of prayer, and consider how we are to eye Christ as the object of this reliance — viz., as our great High Priest (Hebrews 4:15, 16). (2) There is no access to God, nor acceptance of prayer another way (chap. Can we wonder that He does not answer them?I. Such faithless prayers cannot have the name of Jesus attached to them, they cannot be accepted. (1) Is a prayer which is reeking with self-will hallowed because the man says, as a kind of charm at the end of it, "For Christ's sake. The Romans of old never undertook a war, or any serious matter, without consulting an oracle. (2) On every occasion when we have to make an important choice, let us pray about it, even as Jesus prayed before He chose His disciples, and the apostles before the election of Matthias. J. W. Buxton.We must be taught how to pray just as we must be taught how to walk. (a)That sinners in themselves are quite unacceptable in heaven, even in their religious duties (Proverbs 15:8; Isaiah 64:6). She told me her story, and a sad one it was. The saints use the words, "through Jesus Christ our Lord" (1 Corinthians 15:57); but the virtue is not in the words, but in the faith wherewith they are used. They have got into a habit of using certain words, without thinking of their meaning, and so have become mere machines, like those musical boxes which reel off their fixed number of tunes, and then are silent. From this doctrine we learn —(1) What a holy God we have to do with in prayer (Leviticus 10:3). In religion the same thing often occurs. Because you do not trust the Giver. As the soul in a separate state cloth not quicken the body, so the soul not united to Christ cannot be fitted for duty by strength derived from Him. What is a bad thing for a child cannot be a good thing for a man. And when Eddie's scrawl was given to her, she recognized at once the work of her child's fingers, and understood his meaning. He read it, the truth went to his heart. Spurgeon. 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