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The Father Himself Loves You

John 16:27

For the Father Himself loves you, because you have loved Me and have believed that I came from God.

If you have surrendered your life to Jesus Christ, the Father Himself loves you. Because you have received the gift of His precious Son, God loves you. You have not rejected Him but have accepted the sacrifice God provided for you, and God loves you. He judged your sin on the cross, and He is not mad at you. He longs to have fellowship with you and to accept you as His child. He loves those who love His Son.

Jesus taught this verse to assure the disciples that they had a relationship with the Father through Him. He would no longer ask the Father anything on their behalf because they would be able to go to Him directly and ask in His name. Now that Jesus has returned to the Father in heaven, we can go directly to God and ask anything in the name of Jesus.

When we ask in Jesus’s name, we are asking God to do something that would align with His character. Jesus was not selfish, so asking for something selfish is not asking in Jesus’s name. Jesus was totally surrendered to the will of God, and when we ask something in Jesus’s name, we are asking in submission to God’s will. When we submit anything to Him in full surrender, He hears our prayer. We must then trust Him for the answer.

Know for certain today that God loves you, and He hears your prayers. Because of your love for Christ, God loves you and has already judged your sin. You may now come boldly before the throne of grace and ask for whatever you need. As you pray, listen for God to speak to you. If you are not in line with the character of Jesus, He will direct you and bring your heart in line with His will if you are submitted to Him. If you are in line with the character of Christ in your asking, you can trust Him to grant your request. You can always trust the Father to do the right thing because He loves you Himself.

Have a blessed day!

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