Have you ever received joy from getting what you want. There is a special pleasure in receiving gifts from others. I know I have enjoyed getting things on holidays or as birthday presents or getting something just because someone wanted to bless me. It’s a great thing to receive. Our heavenly Father wants us to experience that joy. He wants to give us things.
John 16:23b says, "Whatsoever ye shall ask the Father in my name, he will give it you." This verse does not mean that God will give us every fleshly desire we have. Notice the phrase, "in my name." Jesus instructs us to ask things of the Father in the authority of Jesus. Obviously if we ask for something so we can fulfill the lusts of our flesh, God will refuse us. We cannot ask for such things in Christ’s authority. (See: James 4:3)
Let’s take a look at the very next verse. Christ says, "Hitherto have ye asked nothing in my name: ask, and ye shall receive, that your joy may be full." God wants us to ask for things, in His name, for His glory. Did you catch the reason? So we can have fulfilled joy when He gives us our desires.
I would like to encourage you: ask. Do you want God to bless your co-worker with more pleasant spirit? Ask. Do you want God to bless you so you can bless others. Ask. Do you want your family to enjoy the unity of Christ? Ask. Do you desire to have wisdom, faith, love, joy, peace. . . Ask. Ask in faith, ask for His glory, and ask for the miraculous. God wants you to ask Him to exercise His power in your life and in the lives of others. He wants you to have the joy that comes from receiving gifts from Him. He commanded that you ask for things. Will you obey?
"And whatsoever we ask, we receive of him, because we keep his commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in his sight." – 1 John 3:22