By Pastor Jason Swedeen
John 14:13-14 “And whatever you ask in my name, that I will do, that the father may be glorified in the son. If you ask anything in my name, I will do it.”
What an amazing statement Jesus made. His statement leaves no room for doubt and unbelief. It allows us, and even challenges us, to dream big with God — whatever you ask in his name. This amazing ability, that is only by God’s grace, is not for everyone, but those who will surrender their life to the Lord Jesus. Jesus was not saying this to a bunch of “wanna-bes” or religious people. He was speaking to people who were dedicating their life to follow him. Jesus himself had to surrender his life to the father in order for it to work in his life.
Jesus said in v.10 of the same chapter, “The words that I speak to you I do not speak on my own authority; but the father who dwells in me does the works.”
Too often we try to do things in our own strength; doing his works, pleasing him, etc. But Jesus, with all the amazing miracles that he did, knew that it was not his own strength, let alone his own authority. There was a depth of oneness and unity in his relationship with the father that when Jesus spoke, it was the very authority and will of his father.
Take for instance the king of Spain. If you asked him to do something for you, he’d probably laugh at you, but if his own son or daughter asked him to do something, it would be done. So likewise, if we want to live in that place where whatever we ask in his name is done, it’s not going to be because we are religious and want to look good. It’s going to happen because we have a close intimate relationship with Jesus where we are one with him as he is with the father. It’s going to be because we are true sons and daughters of Father God. We know his heart and because of that, when we speak, we speak his will and we speak with his authority. It’s not something we take lightly as if we think it is just to wave a wand around and say “wah-lah.” It can be that simple, but the power and authority is only in His name and is found only in a relationship that is one with Jesus.
1John 5:15 says, “And if we know that he hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of him.” He gives those who truly love him and are willing to surrender their life to him, to seek and to know his heart, the responsibility and privilege, by his authority, to partner with him to shape history and eternity.
Don’t get caught up in religious ritualism. It denies the power that God has reserved for those who will love him with all their heart, soul, mind and strength. Be a real shaper of history. Know God and his heart and then ask in his name, by his authority, and start seeing things around you change.