Can it truly be possible that we can ask anything in prayer and we will get it? Yes, and no! Here’s what Jesus said:
“Truly, truly, I say to you, whatever you 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 full.” John 16:23–24 (ESV)
When we pray, we often say, “in Jesus name. Amen.” So we have fulfilled the requirement of this passage. Or have we?
What it Means to Ask in Jesus’ Name
If you have children you may have heard them say something like: “Daddy, said we could have ice cream.” Of course, if Daddy didn’t say something like that…
To ask in Jesus’ name simply means we ask for something that is consistent with Jesus’ will. That limits the scope of our requests. We must be within the will of God.
The good news is that this type of prayer makes our joy full! God wants us to have eternal, abundant life! He wants us to be filled with joy, love, peace, faith, strength, discernment, and to have a vital and dynamic relationship with the Creator of the universe!
He only wants the best for us. Often, it is hard for us to discern what is best!
If you take a few minutes today to read your Bible, you will find something there that God wants to give you. Something that you can request in Jesus’ name. Ask, with faith, and receive that great gift!