John 14:13,14--Whatever you ask in My name, I will do it so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask Me anything in My name, I will do it.
Isaac Dagneau wrote:
At first glance and without context, this verse sounds like the ticket to all the pleasure and happiness in the world! Yet, this ticket is quickly crumbled up and thrown on the ground when it seemingly proves untrue. However, upon reading it in its context we will find that it’s absolutely true and quite exciting.
The words “in My name” should be understood contextually. We must realize that this is not a charmed phrase: “This we ask in Jesus' name, as a kind of magic formula, like rubbing Aladdin's lamp so that the genie of God will suddenly appear and do all that we ask!”
At the very least, “in My name” implies:
By examining what we want and then asking does this pass the “in My name” test we will wisely refine what launches from our heart and mind to heaven and Lord-willing find great joy in seeing God do what we ask to His acclaim. Something to think about . . . in reveration!
In the New Testament, name frequently stands for nature. When we pray in the name of Jesus, the answers are in accordance with His nature, and if we think our prayers are unanswered it is because we are not interpreting the answer along this line.—Oswald Chambers in He Shall Glorify Me
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Ecclesiastes 12:10-The Teacher sought to find delightful sayings and to accurately write words of truth. (Holman CSB)