Jane was particular in each prayer she offered to God. Her “This Is What I’m Asking You For, Jesus” list contained extremely detailed information about each person or item that she had written on her prayer list.
One night following her “In Jesus’ Name, Amen” end of her prayer, she paused for a moment and then added the words: “Lord, these requests come directly to You from 417 Azalea Avenue, Savannah, Georgia!”
It would be interesting if we knew in detail what was on Jane’s prayer list. But it does not matter. What we do know is that whatever was on her list was asked for “In Jesus’ Name.”
When Jesus said that we could “ask for anything in My name,” we must always remember that our “asking” must be consistent with the character of God and will of God. We cannot expect God to grant our requests if they are contrary to whom we know He is.
We know without any doubt that our God is a holy God, a righteous God, a caring God, and a God who loved us so much that He sent His Son into the world to die for us and become our Savior and Lord. Indeed, when we consider these four primary characteristics of God, we realize that they lead to a significant fact about our God: He will bless what honors Him.
A simple way to evaluate each of our requests is to ask: Will what I’m asking God for, honor Him?
Prayer: Father, we know that You want us to have the desires of our hearts. Help us understand Your will so that our requests will receive Your blessings. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Scripture For Today: Yes, ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it! John 14:13-14