Daily Bible Inspirations

References Available Upon Request

by John Michalak

In that day you will ask me no questions. Most certainly I tell you, whatever you may ask of the Father in my name, he will give it to you. Until now, you have asked nothing in my name. Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be made full.

John 16:23-24

When someone is applying for a job, they’ll often hand you a résumé that includes the words: “references available upon request.”

They’re telling you that they have proof of their ability to do good work based on the testimony of others they’ve worked for in the past. The credibility of their name can be backed up by the references of others.

When you pray, you’re essentially interviewing God for a job: the job to meet your needs, for His will do be done, etc. Sure, God’s done some work for you in the past, but we so easily forget His reputation and the credibility of His name.

So, there’s nothing wrong with occasionally asking God for references. Ask those in the pages of Scripture—what kind of job did God do for them? Ask your friends and family what God has done in their lives. Ask yourself—can you provide references for what God has done for you?

When you pray, you’re making requests to God in Jesus’ name. Make sure you truly trust in the Name you’re praying to.

Prayer: Lord Jesus, remind us always of why we can trust in your name.