"If you ask anything in My name, I will do it." ~ Jesus Christ, John 14:14 (NKJV)
If this promise means what many believe that it means, we should see a great deal more in miracles, breakthroughs, and global transformation. Afterall, anything is a grand measure! Here's the fine print: "In My name."
"A confession without communion is a ritual. There is no divine power found in ritual."
"In My name," is the stated condition for asking God for any of His promises. "In My name," is the name of the account. It's not the PIN! You may have a bank account, in your name, with plenty of resources to provide for your every need. But, if you don't have the PIN you cannot access your account. Maybe you had it but you've forgotten it. For the immeasurable promises, provided in John 14:14, here's the PIN: Galatians 2:20...
"I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me."
When Jesus says, "In My name," He means:
- "In My merit."
- "In My finished work."
- "In My righteousness and favor with God."
- "In My office of the Lord of your life."
We can't honestly believe that if we live "outside" of His name, His work, His office, His favor obtained with God, that we can ask Him for anything. No, to pray with faith, in His name, is only possible through fellowship, communion, and obedience to God. In the context of Scripture, the very next verse reveals a divine directive pointing straight to His cross and Lordship: "If you love Me, keep My commandments." (John 14:15)
Prayer: Our highest calling, our greatest privilege. Don't forget your PIN!
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