Until now you have asked for nothing in my name; ask and you will receive, so that your joy may be full. John 16:24
There is no other name, under heaven, given among men, to which our salvation properly belongs. So there is no other name than Jesus’ that will gain us access to the throne of God. For when Jesus left the glory of heaven to be born in humility, he was motivated by his love for the Father. When he went to the cross so the Father could remain just while justifying the ungodly, his love for the Father was clear. The Father delights in his Son’s reputation, because the Son’s reputation is that he totally delights in the Father and his gracious purpose for his creation. Having a reputation like this gives Jesus instant access to the Father, who knows that his Son will always act in a way consistent with his design for creation. Before Jesus began to save us, our name was not music to God’s ears. But now, as we trust in Jesus, we are united to Christ, who has given us permission to use his name when we approach God in prayer. So we too can expect him to hear our prayers and work to fill our lives with joy as he honors his Son’s work of bringing thousands of former enemies into the range of his overflowing grace.
Creator God, may my requests today mirror Jesus’ concern for the successful completion of your mission. Amen.