When's "that day"? When the Ascended Lord makes us one with the Father. In that day, we'll be one with the Father as Jesus is, and "in that day," Jesus says, "ye shall ask Me nothing." Until the resurrection life of Jesus is manifested in us, we want to ask this and that; then after a while we find all questions gone, we don't seem to have any left to ask. We've come to the place of entire reliance on the resurrection life of Jesus which brings us into perfect contact with the purpose of God. Are we living that life now? If not, why shouldn't we?
There may be any number of things dark to our understanding, but they don't come in between our heart and God. "And in that day ye shall ask Me no question"---we don't need to, we're so certain that God will bring things out in accordance with His will. John 14:1 has become the real state of our heart, and there are no more questions to be asked. If anything's a mystery to us and it's coming in between us and God, let's never look for the explanation in our intellect, let's look for it in our disposition, it's that which is wrong. When once our disposition is willing to submit to the life of Jesus, the understanding will be perfectly clear, and we'll get to the place where there's no distance between the Father and His child because the Lord has made us one, and "in that day ye shall ask Me no question."
"At that day ye shall ask in My name . . ."
"The Father Himself loveth you."
(John 16:26, 27)
"At that day ye shall ask in My name," i.e., in My nature. Not---"You shall use My name as a magic word," but---"You'll be so intimate with Me that you'll be one with Me." "That day" is not a day hereafter, but a day meant for here and now. "The Father Himself loveth you"---the union is so complete and absolute. Our Lord doesn't mean that life will be free from external perplexities, but that just as He knew the Father's heart and mind, so by the baptism of the Holy Ghost He can lift us into the heavenly places where He can reveal the counsels of God to us. "Whatsoever ye shall ask the Father in My name. . . ." "That day" is a day of undisturbed relationship between God and the saint. Just as Jesus stood unsullied in the presence of His Father, so by the mighty efficacy of the baptism of the Holy Ghost, we can be lifted into that relationship---"that they may be one, even as We are One."
"He will give it you." Jesus says that God will recognize our prayers. What a challenge! By the Resurrection and Ascension power of Jesus, by the sent-down Holy Ghost, we can be lifted into such a relationship with the Father that we're at one with the perfect sovereign will of God by our free choice even as Jesus was. In that wonderful position, placed there by Jesus Christ, we can pray to God in His name, in His nature, which is gifted to us by the Holy Ghost, and Jesus says---"Whatsoever ye shall ask the Father in My name, He will give it you."
The sovereign character of Jesus Christ is tested by His own statements.
The Habit of Rising to the Occasion
"That ye may know what is the hope of His calling . . ."
Let's remember what we're saved for---that the Son of God might be manifested in our mortal flesh. Let's bend the whole energy of our powers to realize our election as a child of God; may we "rise to the occasion" every time.
We can't "do anything" for our salvation, but we must "do something" to manifest it, we must work out what God's worked in. Are we working it out with our tongue, and our brain and our nerves? If we're still the same miserable crosspatch, set on our own way, then it's a lie to say that God's "saved 'n sanctified" us.
God's the Master Engineer, He allows the difficulties to come in order to see if we can vault over them properly---"By my God have I leaped over a wall." God will never shield us from any of the requirements of a son or daughter of His. Peter says---"Think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you." Let's rise to the occasion; let's do the thing. It doesn't matter how it hurts as long as it gives God the chance to manifest Him self in our mortal flesh.
May God not find "the whine in us" any more, but may He find us full of spiritual pluck and athleticism...ready to face anything He brings. We have to exercise ourselves in order that the Son of God may be manifested in our mortal flesh. God never has museums. The only aim of the life is that the Son of God may be manifested, and all dictation to God vanishes. Our Lord never dictated to His Father, and we're not here to dictate to God; we're here to submit to His will so that He may work through us what He wants. When we realize this, He'll make us "broken bread and poured out wine" to feed and nourish others.