October 07, 2018 PM
Dr. Michael Catt - 1871
#19 in series
THE UPPER ROOM: THE MINISTRY OF THE SPIRIT
Praying in Light of the Promises
In the last message, we looked at Jesus’ prediction of dark times through the lens of an eternal perspective. There would be a brief time of suffering, but Jesus would soon return. The disciples (and us!) had been given a wealth of great and precious promises in this one night with Jesus before His death. The sorrow would last for the night, but joy would come in the morning light. The Holy Spirit would open their spiritual eyes, show them truth, and give them power, just as He does in the life of believers today.
For further study, this series is available online at sherwoodbaptist.net/messages.
I. THE PERPLEXING PROBLEM OF WAITING AND NOT KNOWING
II. THE POWERFUL PROMISE OF THE HOLY SPIRIT’S POWER
III. THE POWER OF THE NAME OF JESUS
After the resurrection, believers could approach God directly in Jesus’ name.
There is one condition here for prayer to be answered:
“Aiteo is never used by the Lord in addressing the Father. Thus aiteo often implies the act of asking by a lesser to a greater. . . . Erotao often implies equality or familiarity between the two parties.” – Expository Dictionary of New Testament Words
“They must in all their needs come not merely with the name ‘Jesus’ on their lips or attached to their prayers but with the revelation of Jesus in their hearts by faith. Up to this time, Jesus says, the disciples have not prayed in this manner. . . . Until this time Jesus himself had allowed the disciples to pray as all true Jews prayed in connection with the name of God as it was known to them from the old covenant made with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. In their prayers hitherto they used the Old Testament promises and prayed in connection with them. But now the fulfillment of these promises had arrived in Jesus; in a few hours the new covenant would be sealed with the blood of Jesus. Thus faith had to advance and to embrace this new covenant, the fulfillment of the old promises in Jesus. It thus had to use Jesus' name and revelation when praying. The reason for the advance to Jesus' name is objective. The Spirit will take ‘of mine’ and will report this to the disciples (16:14, 15). Thus subjectively, too, the disciples will now turn to Jesus' name. Refusal to do so would mean the rejection of the revelation (name) of Jesus.” – Lenski New Testament Commentary
IV. THE PROMISE OF DIRECT ACCESS
A) Connected to the Father
B) Calm Because of Jesus
What has He promised us in these chapters?