TDR: 22 May (John 14:14)

‘You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it’ (John 14:14)

This is the word of Jesus to us this morning; it is intended to encourage and embolden us at the throne of grace, and to comfort us under all our hardships and wants. Jesus has all power in heaven and on earth; all things are delivered unto Him by the Father.

He has a large store, and a kind and tender heart. Let us therefore go to Him with our wants, that He may supply them; with our fears, that He may quell them; with our sins, that He may pardon and subdue them; with everything that troubles us or is likely to harm us. Let us go to Him with confidence.

He says, “What do you want me to do for you?” [Mark 10:51]. If you ask anything that will do you good, promote my cause, or glorify my name, I WILL DO IT. So do not be afraid to ask, for I am omnipotent; do not doubt, for I give you my word: I WILL DO IT”.

O, Christian believer, what a friend we have in Jesus! How kind! How gracious! Never complain, never despond, never be cast down while Jesus is your FRIEND. He is, and will be your friend forever. Oh, make a friend of Him; visit Him daily; trust Him implicitly; and follow Him fully. Make Him your all in all. He is worthy. He will not deceive.

Jesus, my Lord, I look to Thee;
Where else can helpless sinners go?
Thy boundless love shall set me free
From all my wretchedness and woe.

THE DAILY REMEMBRANCER by James Smith (1802-1862)

Journal Jottings

‘Nov. 19. My thirty-eighth birthday; for fourteen years I have been preaching the gospel. I love my Master and his work, never more so. I feel happy in it, and the Lord makes me useful. Christ is precious to me. I only want to know more of him, to exercise faith in him, and to glorify him more than I have ever done.’