Ask, And “Lambano!”
“And in that day ye shall ask me nothing. Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall ask the Father in my name, he will give it you. Hitherto have ye asked nothing in my name: ask, and ye shall receive, that your joy may be full”
Observe the inspiring thought in verse twenty-four; Jesus said, ‘until now, you’ve asked nothing in my name; but you can ask now and receive, that your joy may be full!’ What an invitation! That means if there’s anything you desire to make your joy full, all you have to do is ask and receive! The challenge of many is that they don’t know how to receive; they ask, but they don’t receive. The word receive in the context of Jesus’ teaching above is the Greek “lambano”; and it means to take a hold of something and make it yours!
Some people ask and keep asking repeatedly for the same; that’s wrong! You’re to ask and then “lambano”; that means “Ask, and take possession!” Jesus carefully chose His words; He didn’t just say “ask!” He said, “Ask, and receive.” So once you’ve asked, take a hold of the answer with your spirit and declare, “I’ve got it; it’s mine!” “Lambano” connotes some aggressive faith-response from your spirit; that means you don’t wait passively for what you’ve asked for to be delivered to you; you go for it! You reach out with your faith and take possession.
Perhaps you’ve desired a job, and you’ve been praying to God to grant you one; instead of crying about it or hoping that something will happen someday, reach out and take possession with your spirit! Say, “In the Name of Jesus, I have the job I want, glory to God!” Right after that, start testifying! Some people may come around to ask you inappropriate questions like, “Have you been called up yet for an interview? Is there any sign you’ll get the job?” Answer them rightly; say, “I’m not waiting for any sign, because I’ve gotten it already; my faith has prevailed!”
That’s the way to “lambano.” Jesus gave us His Name to live by and function with in the earth; so when you make requests in His Name, the Father backs it up! What great liberation this is for the human spirit; to know that “whatsoever” you ask the Father in the Name of Jesus shall be granted you! This takes the limits off life! Go ahead right now; ask, and then “lambano!”
I’m lifted, strengthened and enthused by your Word today; what comfort and joy floods my soul to know that I can receive whatsoever I ask of you, in the Name of Jesus. My joy is full even now, as I receive answers to my prayers,
in Jesus’ Name. Amen.
DAILY SCRIPTURE READING
1 Year Bible reading plan: John 13:31-14:14; 2 Kings 23-25
2 Year Bible reading plan: 1 Corinthians 14:20-30; Proverbs 24