About a week ago, I was enjoying my morning quiet time. I was reading in John 14, and I came across verse 13. It jumped out at me so I wrote it down, as is my habit when I journal during my devotions. John 14:13 says,
“And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son.”
This verse prompted me to write down a simple reflection: Is this a promise for me? Is this something that I can claim today, or was it only meant for His disciples? Then I wrote down my action steps (I do these three things every morning: verse, reflection, action): Pray more in Jesus name and find out.
It’s been a week on this impromptu prayer challenge, not only has God answered prayer, but He has begun doing a transformative work in my heart. You see, the fact that I had to ask the question whether the promise Jesus made also applies to me revealed my lack of faith not only in prayer, but in the power of Jesus’ name. I have been a Christian for over thirty years, and I am just now discovering a huge problem in my relationship with God. It’s not that I didn’t pray. I pray all the time, but I don’t think that I have always prayed in faith. In fact, I know that I haven’t.
What happened when I started to pray in Jesus’ name? God showed up. He spoke to my heart about things that I needed to pray for, even bringing up names of people who were in need of intercession. He also strengthened my faith and our relationship. He is no longer a God who is far off. He is a God who is close, intimately involved and interested in my life. It’s not that He wasn’t before, but that I didn’t experience it more fully until now. James 4:8 says, “Come near to God, and He will come near to you.” I can testify that verse is so very true. Prayer changed me, is changing me.
There is power in prayer. It’s direct access to God the Father through Jesus Christ. He hears us, and He wants to hear from us. There is power in the name of Jesus. His name is “the name above every name” (Phil 2:9). Every knee will bow at the sound of His name (Phil 2:10).
He promises us, yes, for us also, that He will do whatever we ask in His name.