A couple of years ago, on a Sunday Morning as I was praying I felt the Lord leading me to put aside the Message I was prepared to teach and teach another Message. Therefore, as I prayed I asked the Lord, “What would you have me teach?”
The Lord responded, “Ask.”
I said, “I am. What would you have me teach?”
Now after going back and forth a few times, it finally dawned on me, the Lord wanted me to teach the people, “to ask.”
Here is what the Lord had me share:
In 1 Corinthians 2:12 Paul says: “Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit Who is from God, that we might know the things that are freely given to us by God.”
Beloved friends, we have been given the Spirit of God for multiple reasons. One of those divine reasons, is for us to know what has been freely given to us by God.
In Isaiah 45:11, God says:
“…’Ask Me of things to come concerning My sons; and concerning the work of My hands, you command Me.’”
Wow! Did God just instruct us to command Him?
God instructs us to ask Him things concerning His sons. The Spirit of the Living God desires for us to know what is freely given to us by God. And from this premise of asking, God further instructs us, His sons, in regards to the work of His hands, “to command Him.”
Now, to command God can seem to us as an arrogant and defiant action. Who are we to command God anything?
In our home we have electricity. We have an account with the local electrical company. They supply the power, but they do not mechanically turn the lights on and off for us each time we want to use the lights. They provide the Source (the work of their hands) and it is now our responsibility to flip the switch and command the power to flow.
In John 14:12-14, Jesus in context is speaking very intimately with His disciples before He goes to the cross. He informs them about the Holy Spirit, Who will soon come. In doing so, Jesus says these words:
“Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also; and greater works than these will he do, because I go to the Father. And whatever you ask in My name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask anything in My name, I will do it.”
Jesus is the Word of God (Jn. 1:1) and Isaiah says that His Word will not return unto Him void. But “...it shall accomplish what I please, and it shall prosper in the thing for which it was sent it.” (Is. 55:11)
In context please note: Jesus is announcing His return to the Father. Why? Jesus is about to accomplish the reason He came: to crucify our sin and be raised for our justification! Jesus was returning to the Father because the work was going to be finished and accomplished! And because Jesus was going to the Father, in context, the Holy Spirit would be poured out on all flesh.
Now please realize, no other age before Jesus has ever experienced the finished work of the cross or the baptism of the Holy Spirit!
Therefore, Jesus said, “we shall do the works He did and even greater works because He was going to the Father.” Jesus was going to the Father because He was going to finish the work of the cross and His Father was going to send the Holy Spirit to His Temple that Jesus would sanctify!
What is more, John 14:13 begins with a conjunction: “and.” Therefore, because Jesus’ finished work and His Spirit would be poured out on all flesh, (Joel 2:28) “...whatever we ask in His name, He would do…”
Now, the word ask means: “to make a demand of something due.” You see, when someone writes a check to you and you take it to the bank, in an assertive, legal sense, you are demanding what is due.
Likewise, when someone who has a will and as testator of that testament dies, through a proper legal process the rightful beneficiary of the covenanted inheritance will ask: demand what is due.
Beloved friends! Jesus is our Testator (Heb. 9:16-17) and because Jesus went to the Father upon His finished work of the cross, the eternal testament of Jesus Christ is in full operation. Whereby we the rightful beneficiaries can ask: demand what is due.
Jesus also said, ”...whatever you ask in My Name that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.”
The Father is gloried when we ask! The Father is glorified when we ask and receive according to the purpose for why Jesus came and died for us!
In other words, God is not glorified when we do not ask! God is not glorified when we do not appropriate what Jesus our Testator died to freely give us.
The Spirit of the Living God has been given to us because Jesus has gone to the Father. And we have received His Spirit so that we may freely know what has been given to us, through Jesus!
Jesus died, rose again and has returned to the Father so that we will do the works He did and even greater works! Jesus died, rose again and returned to the Father so that we may ask: demand what is due through our eternal inheritance that the Father may be glorified in the Son!
Now in John 14:14 Jesus repeats Himself: “If you ask anything in My name, I will do it.”
In Genesis 41:32, Joseph comments on Pharaoh’s twin dreams, saying: “because the dream was repeated. The thing is established by God and will come to pass.” And throughout Scripture when God repeats Himself, you can surely take His Word to the bank!
Beloved friends, let us ask Him, concerning His sons and concerning the work of His hands, command Him!
God has provided everything we need. Once we receive the revelation of what we have in Christ, it is our job to flip the switch and release the power. It is our job to command Him. It is our job to demand what is due. We are not the Source, but we have been given the directive to flip the switch and glorify Jesus! Amen.