If you ask anything in My name, I will do it. — John 14: 14
Jesus Christ grants those requests that are in accordance with His will.
In order for our pleas to be granted, they must
- be based on belief in Jesus Christ (John 14:11). He is not a miracle worker, but rather the Son of God who came to the earth in order to save mankind from sin and lead them into His kingdom.
- be requested in His name, that is to say: they must be in accordance with His will.
Jesus Christ will not grant any supplications that do not fulfill the following conditions.
- He will not perform miracles in order to prove His divine Sonship. Belief in Jesus Christ is based on His resurrection and not on any other miracles (Matthew 12: 39–40). He does not have to show us His love through miracles. He has given His life for us (John 15:13)! We cannot ask Him to prove to the world that we are children of God either. It is up to us to demonstrate this!
- Those who believe that Jesus is the Son of God know that His words are valid for all eternity (Mark 13: 31). He will not adapt His gospel to match our desires.
- He is the Redeemer who refuses to condemn or punish the sinner (Luke 9: 53–55). We can therefore not ask Him to punish others for perceived iniquities.
- He will not bless a divided heart (Matthew 7:21–23). Therefore we cannot ask Him to bless us if we have decided to be disobedient to God in order to solve our problems.
- We are not to ask Him to accord greater significance to our earthly lives than to our eternal life (Luke 10: 40).
In contrast to this, He will grant those requests that correspond to His will.
He prayed that Peter’s faith would not fail (Luke 22: 32). Let us ask Him for a strong faith. He will grant it to us!
Praying in Jesus’ name means—in His own words—“Nevertheless not My will, but Yours, be done.” God does not want us to suffer. He wants us to remain faithful to Him in suffering. Let us ask Him to give us the strength for this. That He will do!
He grants grace to those who humbly ask Him for it and who are willing to repent and reconcile.
Like Him, let us pray for the oneness of those who believe in Him through the word of the Apostles (John 17:20–21).
He will grant the plea of those who pray, “Come, Lord Jesus!” (Revelation 22: 20).
Jesus Christ is the Redeemer. He is the Son of God. We know what He wants—and we want the same.
* Thoughts from the Chief Apostle adapted for the divine service held on Sunday, 27 September 2015 at Midrand Congregation.