“Until now you have asked for nothing in My name; ask and you will receive, so that your joy may be made full” (John 16:24).

It’s not that the disciples never prayed during their three years with Jesus, but the coming resurrection would be such a transformational experience, it would alter all previous assumptions regarding the kingdom of God. As a result, their prayer life would shift from being a temporal and selfish preoccupation, to one mindful of the eternal purposes God, and the life of obedience to which we are called. As long as prayer is understood as a tool to get something from God, and until it is embraced as the means by which we get with God, that our lives might be attuned to his, the fullness of his joy will never be realized (See John 15:10-11).

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