“Verily, verily, I say unto you, he that believeth on Me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father. And whatsoever ye shall ask in My name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If ye shall ask any thing in My name, I will do it.” (John 14:12-14)
in my [jesus'] name published week of AUGUST 8, 2021
In verse 13 and again in verse 14, there are three words contained in Jesus’ promise that are the key to unlocking the meaning of this passage – “In My name.” If we are not careful, our selfishness apart from Christ zeroes in on 'whatever you ask' and 'ask for anything'. In doing so, we skip right over the heart of Christ’s promise – the glory of His Father.
Please note that Jesus does not promise to do anything we ask, rather He promises to do anything ask for in His Name. I think the answer is because such requests are guaranteed to bring glory to the Father. So how do we know if we are asking for something in Christ’s name? Doing so means more than just adding, “In Jesus’ Name” at the end of our prayers. Christ’s name is used for everything that His name covers: His authority, His interests, His pleasure, His excellence and His deeds. Therefore, anything we ask for in His name will align with His will. In this context, the passage can be interpreted and applied correctly.
This is a wonderful prayer promise from Jesus that He would grant to us any requests that are in accordance with His will. This is because such requests, as He explained, will bring honor and glory to His Father. The glory of the Father was always Jesus’ main concern. Jesus set the right example as He, God’s very own Son, always prayed according to God’s will. This truth is seen in His prayer in the final hours of His life while in the Garden of Gethsemane. These words are recorded in Mark's gospel account, “Abba, Father, all things are possible unto Thee; take away this cup from Me: nevertheless not what I will, but what thou wilt [will].” (Mark 14:36).”
“Father, I want my life to bring honor and glory to Your name. Please show me where my desires and plans do not line up with Your will and change me, Lord. I want my prayers be Christ-centered and Spirit-driven. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”