Today's verses are John 16:26-28: "In that day you will ask in my name, and I do not say to you that I will ask the Father on your behalf, for the Father himself loves you, because you have loved me and have believed that I came from God.  I came from the Father and have come into the world, and now I am leaving the world and going to the Father." My child, in that day, after my resurrection, you can go the Father in heaven and ask him anything in my name.  You won't ask the Father for your needs and desires on your own behalf.  Your name has no power.  You will ask in my name and he will hear your prayers on my behalf.  My name has all power.

How are you able to do this?  It's because my Father in heaven loves you because you have loved me and believe that my Father in heaven sent me.  My Father in heaven delights when people believe he sent me to this world to die for your sins.  He is overwhelmed with joy when people believe the truth about me!

I then told my earthly disciples that I obeyed my Father in heaven when I was incarnated as a baby in Bethlehem.  It was my pleasure to obey his will when he asked me to do so.  But now the time had come for me to leave this world into which I was sent.  The time had come for me to return to my Father in heaven.

This would happen immediately after my death on the cross, when my spirit returned to heaven after my body died, prior to my resurrection from the dead.  However, it more specifically refers to the moment when I ascended into heaven forty days after all my resurrection appearances.  There I sit at the right hand of my Father in heaven, waiting for the day, at his beckoning, to return again and judge the living and the dead.

My child, I had told my disciples then that it was for your good that I return to my Father.  It is true.  Unless I ascend to heaven, the Holy Spirit cannot be given to you.  Unless the ascension occurs, I cannot be with every one of my followers, in every place throughout the world.  While in an earthly body, I am limited how many people I can touch.  Once enthroned in heaven, the Holy Spirit is unleashed to indwell the millions who desire my abiding presence all over the world, in all ages.

And I abide in your heart today.  I am as present to you as I was to my earthly disciples in that upper room.  I will give you strength today when you feel weak.  I will guide you to perform my will in every task you do today.  I will whisper to your heart when you need words of encouragement.  My promised presence is for today and all days.  I won't ever leave you or forsake you.  Draw near to me and I will draw near to you.

You can trust me today.