"Whatever you ask in my name, this I will do . . ." - John 14:13a
Any idea how this verse ends? If not don't get too down on yourself as I imagine a lot of people don't. I've been dwelling a lot lately on prayer and why it seems my prayers aren't answered, or at least not in the timing and way that I'd like. Particularly in praying for this city. I really desire to pray for revival and then see my neighbor walk out of his door, knock on my door and ask how to know Jesus. I'd at least like to see healing when I ask for it. So why doesn't it always happen? I pray "In the name of Jesus." Isn't that the trick?
Just so I don't leave you hanging, the rest of the verse is, "Whatever you ask in my name, this I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son."
That is, ask in the name of Jesus so the Father may be glorified in His Son. The point of asking in Jesus' name isn't because it makes a prayer more holy. It's because answers to prayer are for the glory of God.
How easy is it to pray for something "in the name of Jesus" because we want OUR name to be known. It's sad but true. We ask for success in ministry not so that the Lord's name would be known in the city, but that our name would be known among pastors, or teachers, or friends or whatever.
Whatever you ask His name, you're asking for the sake of His name. That the name of Jesus would be glorified.