Jesus said to ask in His name. Do you ever catch yourself getting up from prayer and then mumbling as an afterthought: “Oh yeah, in Jesus’ name”? The last words of any communication are the most important, so I constantly remind myself of the power in those last 3 words.
Taking a long pause at the entrance of the throne room and probably saying a heartfelt silent prayer, Esther approached King Ahasuerus of Persia—humbly and respectfully because she was uninvited and risking death if the king didn’t hold up his golden scepter to his queen. Ominously, she hadn’t been invited for 30 days!
Well, King Ahasuerus not only sceptered Esther but he offered her anything she wanted up to half his kingdom! An amazing offer, but did anybody doubt that he would have done just that?
A better throne and a better offer!
We don’t need an invitation to come before the Father’s throne! We are always welcome to “come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need” (Heb. 4:16).
And outdoing the Persian king’s offer, Jesus promises “If you ask anything in my name, I will do it” (John 14:14). We can absolutely count on that—the word of the Son of God—more than Esther could count on the Persian king.
But we must realize, Jesus is not a genie in a bottle who must grant wishes of any kind to whoever rubs the bottle. He gives conditions in the Bible for asking in His name:
— Will what you ask bring glory to the Father in the Son (John 14:13)? John 15:8 says the Father is glorified when we bear much fruit.
— Will your request help you “go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should remain” (John 15:16?
— Do you “abide in Me, and My words abide in you” (John 15:7)?
— Will “whatever you ask the Father in my name …” have this result: “that your joy may be full” (John 16:23-24)?
— Do you “keep His commandments and do those things pleasing in His sight” (I John 3:22)?
— Is what you ask “according to His will” (I John 5:14-15)?
— Do “you have faith and do not doubt” (Matt. 21:21-22)? A mountain would move! If we have no doubts about a human king’s offer, why about the King of kings’ promises “who cannot lie” (Tit. 1:2)?
Each of these passages promises that if we fulfill its condition, we are guaranteed not just half a kingdom but “whatever you ask the Father in My name He will give you.” It’s even more amazing than that: God “is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think” (Eph. 3:20)! With Him all things are possible.
So hope you’ll join ol’ Broose to keep boldly coming before His unsceptered throne and asking in Jesus’ name according to these Bible conditions. This trumps anything going on down in the bog.
FUN FACT: The news today can make even a powerful moose feel like he hasn’t a prayer. My long legs, with the front ones longer than the rear, help me jump over fallen trees and other forest debris, but they also make it harder for me to kneel. Maybe so but nothing stops me from prayer.