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It was said in closing paragraph from yesterdays discussion that there is a sickness found in John’s gospel. And that, Paul provides the cure.
Though the sickness is recorded by John, it’s compounded by Jesus himself. And for emphasis He repeats Himself. Saying, “And whatever you ask in My name, that will I do, that the Father in heaven maybe glorified in the Son. If you ask anything in My name, I will do it.” See John 14:13-14. Emphatically, this Padre asserts it’s not going to happen! It’s all inclusive, so if Jesus doesn’t answer someones prayer does that mean that Jesus is a deceiver? NO!
So the clergy, when confronted by parishioners inquiring as to why their prayers seem to fall upon deaf ears. The standard answer which is not very satisfying to the seekers. Who are often told that their prayers weren’t offered according to will of God. And most clergy, have a repertoire of responses in order to prove their point
Here’s one of their favorites. Jesus knows what you are in need of before you ask him. And he, or she, as good pastors of the seeking sheep open their Bibles to prove their point. Here it is from Jesus Himself, “But you, when you pray, go into your room, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in a secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly. And when you pray, do not use vain repetitions as the heathen do. For they think they shall be heard for their many words. Therefore do not be like them. For your Father knows the things you have need of before you ask Him.” See Matthew 6:6-8. Must have been a vain repetition or something you really didn’t need. Case closed, or is it?
Here’s what you need to know in order to avoid confusion. First, Jesus was talking to His disciples. He promised to do what is recorded in John 14:13-14. And often for them, He was faitful to His word. Secondly, Jesus came born of Mary, and destined by the Father to be their Messiah. And as their Messiah, He came to fulfill the prophetic promises to establish God’s kingdom on this earth. But the Jews rejected Jesus, as their Messiah. See John 1:11. And forfeited the establishment of His kingdom here, at that time. John 14:13-14, applied to His disciples, and the people had they accepted Jesus as their Messiah. The disciples are no longer here, nor has the Kingdom of God been established. Plain and simple, John 14:13-14 isn’t applicable today. Because, the Gospels were designed to announce the coming of the Christ. In fulfillment of the Abrahamic promises. The Jews who lived during the time of the gospels were under the law estblished by Moses. And all the temple resposibilites, instituted for the Jews by God through Moses. Which were, still in effect during the early chapters of the book of Acts.
Things changed, when God directed the Apostle Paul to offer the gospel of grace to the Jews and Gentiles. Don’t believe anything the clergy tells you. Unless you can find support for what they are saying in the Bible. This is complicated and needs to be taught. Concerning the past, and the change, here is what Peter wrote, “…, and consider the longsuffering of our Lord is salvation. As also our beloved brother Paul, according to the wisdom given to him has written to you. As also in his epistles, speaking in them things hard to understand. Which are some things hard to understand which some people twist to their own destruction, as they do also the rest of the scriptures,” 2 Peter 3:15-16. This padre is available to unravel this horbile mess of the modern day church. Done upon request free of any payments for services provided. However, God does know what we all need before we ask Him.
So is Jesus in the prayer answering business today? Sometimes. For tomorrow, the how and when, the promised cure, with sickness made sick.