Gospel of John 16:23-28 Reflection:
Here we have one of those gospel passages that experience would seem to tell us is not true; Jesus says anything you ask from the Father he will grant in my name.
We have all asked for things in prayer which have not been granted and we have been disappointed. At times I wonder how much God intervenes in the ordinary run of the mill things in life that are not that important such as who wins a football match.
It is when it comes to the big things that prayer takes on a new dimension; times of serious illness or some real crisis, then prayer with faith comes into its own.
Prayer with faith means that we ask God for something but we will accept whatever God sends. In this way God can give us what is best for us in the circumstances and we can accept it.
This is particularly true in serious illness and death. We want the person to live but God takes them. If we hold on in faith, God will reveal to us that the person's time had come and that they are safe with him in heaven.
To understand prayer fully we have to pray in faith. Faith gives us direct contact with God and in this contact he can reveal his ways to us.