Meditation for May St. John 16:23-33
“Rogation” by the Very Rev’d. Kenneth Davis
In the Gospel for this day – a day of prayer for all the fruits of the earth and all labours of men and women – Jesus plainly instructs his disciples to “ask in my name”. He is preparing those he loves for the days that will be filled with the pain and confusion of His death on the cross. And he was preparing us for trials of our own. Our Lord knows our needs He knows that there have been and will be times when we will be reluctant to ask for what we really need. We all know that feeling when we need something from a neighbour, a friend or even a loved one. It is hard to ask. We almost need an invitation to bring up what is really on our mind. So Jesus gives us that invitation, clearly and directly: “ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full.” God the Father loves us and we believe in the Son He sent to give us life. Now we know what He wants for us. So, let’s trust him with our needs as a congregation and as a diocese of disciples. He has given us the fruitful earth to steward and He has given us remarkable abilities to bring forth all kinds of produce – to meet our every need and to delight our hearts. How will we use and share these gifts?
Loving Father, we would take you at your word. Hear our prayers, offered in the Name of Jesus your Son, our Lord. Help us to seek all the good things which you have promised to provide for your people. Help us to trust in your promises. And help us use the gifts and abilities you have given to produce a great harvest – of welcome and service and sacrificial sharing. Through the same Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.