Ask Boldly…In His Name!
“And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us…” (1 John 5:14).
This verse isn’t talking about whether or not your request is consistent with the Father’s will. Rather, it’s dealing with the Father’s will for making a request. This is about having a hearing before the Father. When you study the subject of John’s discourse in that entire chapter, you’d observe that it centers on our right standing with the Father. The emphasis of the verse above, therefore, should be “How do we ask according to His will?” It’s by asking the Father in the Name of Jesus!
In John 16:23, the Lord Jesus said, “And in that day ye shall ask me nothing. Verily, verily, I say unto you, whatsoever ye shall ask the Father in my name, he will give it you.” Here, He introduced the disciples to a new revelation; a new way of asking, letting them know of the new day when they would ask the Father directly for whatever they desired, in the Name of Jesus.
In John 16:24, He said, “Hitherto have ye asked nothing in my name: ask, and ye shall receive, that your joy may be full” (John 16:24). Jesus wanted His disciples to understand that His Name connects them directly to the Father. He wanted them to know that He had bequeathed to them the power of attorney to use His Name.
Today, we’re living in the day Jesus spoke of. All you need to do for God to hear and answer your prayer is to ask boldly in the Name of Jesus. That’s asking according to His will, and this guarantees a hearing. Moreover, very beautifully, the Bible assures us, in 1 John 5:15, that if we know that we are heard, we’re also sure that our requests are granted. Glory to God!
Isn’t it wonderful to know that you can boldly ask anything of the Father, in the Name of Jesus, and receive an answer? The Father is more willing to hear and answer you than you’re willing to ask. Therefore be bold to ask what you will, in the Name of Jesus: “If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you” (John 15:7).
Dear heavenly Father,
I thank you for the revelation of your Word to me today. Now I know how to ask in order to have a hearing and it’s for this reason I’m confident that I have every request I make
in the Name of Jesus. Amen
1 Peter 3:12; Matthew 21:22; Luke 11:9
1 Year Bible reading plan: Matthew 15:1-28; Exodus 1-2
2 Year Bible reading plan: Matthew 8:23-34; Genesis 22