“Ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it” (John 14:14)
Prayer is a powerful tool in the hands of the people of God. Why? Because there is infinite power in the name of Jesus Christ. Not only have we been invited to come boldly to the throne of grace, we have been assured that anything we ask for in the name of Jesus will be done.
I must make something clear before we move on: to ask in Jesus’ name is to ask for Jesus’ sake. Our prayers are to be directed at the expansion of Christ’s kingdom, not our own. Make no mistake, when God opened the way for us to come into His presence, twenty-four hours a day, 365 days a year, He was not giving us a blank check to cash for the advancement of our personal affluence and a life of ease. To ask in Jesus’ name is to ask about the things that matter most to Him.
Our Lord’s High Priestly Prayer, recorded in John 17, gives us valuable insight into what matters most to Jesus. He prayed to His Father, “As You sent Me into the world, I also have sent them [His disciples] into the world” (John 17:18 NKJV). As a sent people, we are to be living lives of other-orientation. Jesus has commissioned us to live lives that bring glory to God and good to others . . . all others. We are to meet people in their place of need with the hands and feet of Christ. To pray in Jesus’ name is to pray for the advancement of the Gospel; when we pray like this, we can be assured our prayers will be answered with a resounding “YES!”
To pray in Jesus’ name is to pray to fulfill His plans and His purposes in this life. To pray in His name is to lay aside our personal goals, agendas, dreams, and desires. It is to abandon self as we advance in the direction of our Savior. When Jesus prayed in the Garden of Gethsemane, “Not as I will, but as You will” (Matthew 26:39 NKJV), He provided us with the model for a prayer life that is rooted in His name.
Finally, when you are praying in Jesus’ name, you are being reminded to rely on His wisdom, His power, His strength, and His guidance. You are taking heed of the word of warning that James, the brother of our Lord, provided to the people of God: “You ask and do not receive because you ask with wrong motives so that you may spend it on your pleasure” (James 4:3).
I hope you will be encouraged today to take some time to pray in Jesus’ name, knowing that whatever you ask for in His name, He has promised to do for you.
This is the Gospel. This is grace for your race. NEVER FORGET THAT . . . AMEN!