THROUGH THE BIBLE IN THREE YEARS
Prayer should be an expression of faith, imploring God to forgive
our sin, and expecting Him to do what is right.
13 And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father
may be glorified in the Son.
14 If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it.
Light from the WORD.
Let me first assert a corrective statement concerning some "name-it-and-claim-it" preachers.
The Scripture above does NOT mean that just because you pray and add "in Jesus' name"
to it, that that prayer will be answered according to your desires.
To ask in Jesus' Name is to ask in the manner HE would ask!
Remember The Garden of Gethsemane, when Jesus was facing crucifixion.
He asked that the "cup" of suffering might be removed, yes.
But He also stated, "nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done." ( Luke 22:42)
To pray in Jesus' Name is to put God's will FIRST and our desires second!
In genuine faith we present our petitions to God, yes.
But we conclude with "YOUR will be done!"
Many years ago, while pastoring my first church, I had just taught this lesson on a
The next Sunday a lady and her daughter were sitting on the steps of the church
when we drove up.
They were going to Houston, Texas because the young girl had cancer.
The mother wanted us to pray for her.
During our worship service, we annointed her with oil, and prayed for God's healing.
We let her and her mother know, through the prayer, that we wanted this;
but we wanted God's WILL to be done.
Next week, the lady was back with her daughter.
They had indeed gone to Houston.
But the doctors there could find NONE of the cancer shown in all the previous
Be sure when you pray "in Jesus' Name" that you pray for God's WILL, and
not for your desires only.