Whatever You Ask In My Name

“Whatever you ask in My name, that I will do” (John 14:14).

Interesting the disciples never asked Jesus to teach them how to perform miracles.

But there was something about the way He prayed.
“Lord, teach us to pray…” (Luke 11:1).

In contrast to our prayers, He did not start out listing things He wanted or needed.

He instead-

1.) declared God’s greatness:
“Our Father in heaven, hallowed be Your name” (Mt. 6:9).
-Our Father: Abba. Daddy. Papa. Terms of closeness, intimacy.
-In heaven: Sovereign. Majestic. Strong. Close and far away.
-Hallowed: Holy. Sacred. Worthy. Other.

2.) and surrendered His will:
“Your kingdom come, Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven” (Matthew 6:9-10).

Here is the shift:
Prayer is not about bending God to our will.
Prayer is about surrendering our will to His.

This is purity of heart and blamelessness.
This is centrality of Christ.

Through prayer, we disappear. We melt away. Christ in us emerges.

Then, “whatever you ask in My name, that I will do….” (John 14:14).

The disciple who abides in Jesus is in the will of God, the same way that Jesus is in the Father and the Father is in Him (John 14:10). So then what appears to be our free choices are actually God’s foreordained decrees and desires springing out from within us.

Is this mysterious? Does it appear to contradict sound logic or seem totally absurd?
Yes, but what a glorious, peace-giving truth it is to the saint of God.

Our desires melt away into His desires. The two become inseparable, indistinguishable.

Our wants give way to His wants-
even when we think we know what we want.
Because if it isn’t what He wants,
why would we want it?

This is liberating for those who struggle with control and managed expectations, who try to determine outcomes or manipulate results.

Jesus will go on to share –we lower ourselves to the point of invisibility, and the Spirit takes residence within us, the Spirit who also lives in Christ, alive in the Father.

“On that day you will realize that I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you” (John 14:20).

The fruit then of knowing God’s will and asking for things in His Name, things He fully intends to give us anyway, becomes as natural as grapes growing on a grapevine.

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