“Until now you have asked nothing in my name. Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full.” (Jn 16:24)
The sentence teaches us that the joy and happiness of believers admit of degrees, and may be fuller at one time than at another. It also teaches that the joy of a believer depends much on his fervency and earnestness in prayer. He that prays little and coldly must not expect to know much of ‘joy and peace in believing.’
Question for Reflection
- Does your prayer life lead to joy?
J.C. Ryle, John Vol. 3, 118.