Jesus said in John 16:24, “Until now you have asked for nothing in My name; ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be made full.”
The teaching here is that when we ask in His name and receive the things we ask for, the result, after receiving those things, will be a fullness of joy. And I suppose you could say that our joy will come in degrees. To the degree that we recognize that God has answered our prayers, to that degree we will receive joy. The person who doesn’t realize that God has answered his prayer may have a certain amount of joy just because he has received what he wanted. But the real and full joy is a joy that comes from knowing absolutely that God has answered our prayers.
R. A. Torrey has said, “When we ask something definite of God, and He gives it, how real God becomes! He is right there! It is blessed to have a God who is real, and not merely an idea.”3 Yes, it is a joyful and real experience when God reaches down in love, and gives us what we ask for. It is the joy of experiencing His presence.
In Psalm 16:11 David wrote, “In Thy presence is fullness of joy; in thy right hand there are pleasures forever.” Though David here is mainly speaking of the joy that comes after this life, we can know that same joy now whenever we experience His presence—which will surely come to us with the realization that He has answered our prayers.
This I think is the whole point of prayer—to have the joyful realization of His presence. It is what God intended for us. Jesus said, “I came that they might have life, and might have it abundantly” (Jn. 10:10b). He said, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life” (Jn. 14:6). It is God’s purpose for us to have this abundant life, which is found in Jesus, and can only be gained when we call out to Him in prayer. Prayer then is the key to obtain this life—life that produces for us a fullness of joy.
3 R. A. Torrey, How to Pray (Chicago: Moody Press, n. d.), p. 16.
Here in Minnesota parts of the Mississippi River is all dried up.
It’s kind of a sad sight.
A grey Heron is on a scavenger hunt.
I few low spots still have water, but not much.
This look like a Tiger Lily, but the hot weather has got to it.
All the way there was a paved winding path. And the surrounding trees were thick.
About half-way through the journey I came to a free little library. These are becoming more and more popular in this area of Minnesota. However, I passed up any free books. They seem to be all for the degenerate–romance novels, etc.
I came across a tree full of colorful helicopter seeds. The best part of my sightseeing journey.
Lately I’ve been staying busy, more than I want to be. For some reason I have gotten a lot of calls for jobs this year. I’m a house painter. That’s what I have been busy with. Though I am retired, I just keep working. But I’m not complaining—too much. The main complaint this year is the terrible heat. We are having a lot of 90-degree days. Too hot to paint!
My latest book, The Tribulation
I’ve written a few books on prayer, a few books on bible prophecy, and my memoir. Now I’m back to bible prophecy. I’m just getting started on this book on the Tribulation. I’m excited to know how it will turn out. I’ve done some research, but I know I will do more as I go along. I do have an outline, so I know what the content will be, but I also know that I will have some surprises—I will learn as I go. And, as is my custom, I will blog the content as I go. That will start soon.
As Christians often say, “This world is not my home, I’m just a passing through.” That has more and more been my attitude, especially since the news is so bad. I listen to the radio—probably more than I should—to get a conservative slant on things. But you know, since the Dem’s control everything, there is not much good news. And can you believe this Critical Race theory they are pushing? Terrible. And there seems to be no end to the upsurge in crime and murder. The only good news of it all is that the Rapture will be coming soon!
These little flowers are only about one-half inch in diameter. They are so beautiful up close.
A very delicate flower, a pink wild rose.
The yellow Goatsbeard.
A Western Wild Rose.
A Viceroy butterfly. It looks a lot like a Monarch but it is darker in color.
The Yellow Salsify or Yellow Goatsbeard may be considered a weed much like the dandelion.
I have been waking up early these days, because of the early light and also because of the heat. This morning I decided, before church, to go for a walk to beat the heat of the day. To my surprise I saw so many of my favorite flower—the Yellow Goatsbeard. They were all over the place—dozens of them. But I didn’t bring my camera. Rats! (the above is an earlier picture)
Here you see just the large pod of the Goatsbeard. It is in the middle of the day so the flower has closed up.
After church, though it was hot, I decided to go back to where I had walked earlier to get a few pictures of the Yellow Goatsbeard. But they were gone! I saw some of their pods closed-up, but no flowers. Suddenly, it dawned on me; these particular flowers open in the early morning and then shut when the morning is over—I suppose to escape the bright sun or the heat.
I think we miss so much when we fail to get up in the morning with the sun. We not only miss the blooming of special flowers; we miss the voice of the Lord. Isaiah 50:4b says,
He awakens Me morning by morning,
He awakens My ear to listen as a disciple.
The words of this entire passage (vs 4-11) are Jesus’ words to His Father (and also words to us, to show us His obedient relationship with His Father). He wants us to have that same kind of relationship with Him and with the Father; and He wants us to get up in the morning and listen to Him as a disciple.
I think the fact that I was able to see the Yellow Goatsbeard when I went out at 6:30, and not see any of them later, tells me that God has special delights for us in the morning when we make a sacrifice for Him.
Dandelions are one of the first flowers (or weeds) to appear. The big ones I think are kind of pretty. I guess the thing that most people dislike about them is how they tend to take over a lawn and choke out the grass. But I have heard that they have some benefits. You can make tea out of them.
How to make Dandelion Tea
First, make sure the Dandelions aren’t treated with chemicals.
Wash flowers and leaves, then steep in hot water for 15-20 minutes.
Next blog I will give you a few health benefits to this great flower–weed. Stay tuned.