Apostle Grace Lubega
John 11:41-42 (KJV), …And Jesus lifted up his eyes, and said, Father, I thank thee that thou hast heard me. And I knew that thou hearest me always: but because of the people which stand by I said it, that they may believe that thou hast sent me.
Our Lord Jesus Christ lived on this earth with the knowledge that the father always hears Him. What liberty!
If He was immature and unstable, He would have asked for the permissible and not the beneficial. (1 Corinthians 6:12).
The lesson to us as Christians is that the fullness of access to the things in God comes when you stop lusting after spiritual and physical things in life.
Access comes with great responsibility. To whom much is given much is required (Luke 12:48).
How does Christ demonstrate responsibility in asking? We see it in the pattern of His prayers.
In John 17, He prays for the unity of the Church; He asks that the Lord causes His own to stand; He asks for their sanctification through truth; He asks that they see glory.
His prayer was patterned after the heart of the father, that is responsibility, and purpose.
He is our ultimate example. For this reason, let the understanding of this responsibility define what you seek for in prayer, even as the Spirit leads you.
FURTHER STUDY: James 4:3, 1 Corinthians 4:2
With the access Christ had with the father, if He was immature and unstable, He would have asked for the permissible and not the beneficial.
PRAYER: Father I thank you because I have access. I have been given all things that pertain to life and godliness. All things are mine; the things in the earth, things in heaven; and the things to come. I am a responsible steward. The revelation of this grace of access has opened my spirit deeply to the necessity of the gospel and the need to preach it. In Jesus’ name. Amen.