TEXT: John 14:16-18
16 And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever;
17 Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.
18 I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you.
We are in a series of messages titled “Praying Through the Bible: A Series on Every Passage and Verse Regarding Prayer in the Bible.” The purpose of this series is to encourage and motivate you to pray to the God of the Bible. We highlighted each of these over 500 verses and passages in the Prayer Motivator Devotional Bible. So far, we have completed 178 messages in this series.
This is message #179 titled, Jesus’ Prayer that God Answered for Us
The Bible informs us that Jesus Christ is in Heaven right now interceding for us. In these verses, which were spoken by Jesus with His disciples at the Last Supper, we have one of the specific requests that Jesus made on our behalf.
Jesus told His disciples, “I will pray the Father…” The word pray here simply means to ask or to make a request. That is what prayer is — asking. Henry Alford notes that the future tense of this verse indicates that a physical closeness implied here. Jesus was planning on making this request after He got back to Heaven following the resurrection.
Jesus is confident that God will answer His prayer. He says, “and he [the Father] shall give you another Comforter.” Jesus, being the Son of God, has no doubt that His request will be answered. We who are also children of God should pray with the same confidence if we are praying in the will of God.
Jesus’ request, however, is not for Himself, but for us. He asks for “another Comforter, that he may abide with you [the disciples] for ever.” This would have been great news to the disciples. They were already nervous about the idea of Jesus leaving them. They would have been glad to know that someone else would be coming to take His place. And, not just someone else, but someone just like Jesus — that is what the Greek word used for “another” means — another of the same kind.
The word “Comforter” has the meaning of someone who is called upon to help or to come to one’s aid. Adam Clarke says this word “signifies not only a comforter, but also an advocate, a defender of a cause, a counsellor, a patron, and a mediator.” The Bible Exposition Commentary states, “The Holy Spirit is given two special names by our Lord: ‘another Comforter’ and ‘the Spirit of truth.’ The Greek word translated “Comforter” is pa-ra-kli-tos and it is used only by John. It means ‘called alongside to assist.’ The Holy Spirit does not work instead of us, or in spite of us, but in us and through us. Our English word comfort comes from two Latin words meaning ‘with strength.’ We usually think of ‘comfort’ as soothing someone, consoling him or her, and to some extent this is true. But true comfort strengthens us to face life bravely and keep on going. It does not rob us of responsibility or make it easy for us to give up. Some translations call the Holy Spirit ‘the Encourager,’ and this is a good choice of words.”
The Comforter, the Holy Spirit — the Third Person of the Trinity — is all of this and more. God answered this prayer request for Jesus on our behalf, and every believer since the Day of Pentecost has been filled with the Holy Spirit.
Jesus said the Holy Spirit will “abide” with us forever. He will never leave us nor forsake us. He fulfills in us the same role that Jesus’ physical presence fulfilled when He was with His disciples. He teaches us, explains things to us, guides us in the right direction, and helps us to see the world through God’s eyes.
Now, the Holy Spirit is not for everyone; He is only for believers. Jesus calls Him “the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him.” Satan is the Prince of this World and the Father of Lies. He deceives the world, hoping that people will not come to Jesus who is the Way, the Truth, and the Light. The Holy Spirit does not dwell on those who are still bound to Satan’s world system. Only those who are free and have been saved by the blood of Jesus receive the Holy Spirit; because we “know him” we see the world as it truly is.
Jesus ends this little dialogue with these comforting words: “he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you. I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you.” What a relief this must have been to the disciples who had constantly heard Jesus talking about His impending death. It is a relief for us today because, although Jesus was raised from the dead and is in Heaven right now interceding for us, sometimes, we can still feel lonely on this earth. We feel like God is nowhere to be found. But, we do not have to feel this way if we are not persisting in sin because the Holy Spirit lives inside of us and comforts us. When we pray, we should remember to thank God for answering Jesus’ prayer request on our behalf.
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Now, if you are with us today, and you do not know the Lord Jesus Christ as your Saviour, your first prayer needs to be what we call the Sinner’s Prayer. First, please understand that you are a sinner, just as I am, and that you have broken God’s laws. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”
Second, accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”
Third, accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Also, the Bible states in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”
Now this is bad news, but here’s the good news. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will.
Romans 10:9 & 13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved… For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
If you believe that Jesus Christ died on the cross for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead, and you want to trust Him for your salvation today, please pray with me this simple prayer: Holy Father God, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I now believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.
If you just trusted Jesus Christ as your Saviour, and you prayed that prayer and meant it from your heart, I declare to you that based upon the Word of God, you are now saved from Hell and you are on your way to Heaven. Welcome to the family of God! Congratulations on trusting Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour. You have done the most important thing in life. For more information to help you grow in your newfound faith in Christ, go to Gospel Light Society.com and read “What To Do After You Enter Through the Door”. Jesus Christ said in John 10:9, “I am the door, by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”
God loves you. We love you. And may God bless you.
Daniel Whyte III has spoken in meetings across the United States and in over twenty-five foreign countries. He is the author of over forty books. He is also the president of Gospel Light Society International, a worldwide evangelistic ministry that reaches thousands with the Gospel each week, as well as president of Torch Ministries International, a Christian literature ministry which publishes a monthly magazine called The Torch Leader. He is heard by thousands each week on his radio broadcasts/podcasts, which include: The Prayer Motivator Devotional, The Prayer Motivator Minute, as well as Gospel Light Minute X, the Gospel Light Minute, the Sunday Evening Evangelistic Message, the Prophet Daniel’s Report, the Second Coming Watch Update and the Soul-Winning Motivator, among others. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Theology from Bethany Divinity College, a Bachelor’s degree in Religion from Texas Wesleyan University, a Master’s degree in Religion, a Master of Divinity degree, and a Master of Theology degree from Liberty University School of Divinity. He has been married to the former Meriqua Althea Dixon, of Christiana, Jamaica for over twenty-seven years. God has blessed their union with seven children. Find out more at www.danielwhyte3.com. Follow Daniel Whyte III on Twitter @prophetdaniel3 or on Facebook.