In our new series entitled, “Misunderstood,” we will examine difficult statements made in scripture that are often confusing and misinterpreted. Today we will look at the scripture where Jesus said, “You may ask for anything in My name, and I will do it.”

“Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in Me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater works than these, because I am going to the Father. And I will do whatever you ask in My name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. You may ask for anything in My name, and I will do it.”
John 14:12-14 NIV

Common Misconceptions:
(An extra boost of power)
(A magical formula)
(A guarantee)

It happened that while Jesus was praying in a certain place, after He had finished, one of His disciples said to Him, “Lord, teach us to pray just as John also taught his disciples.”
Luke 11:1 NASB

Other Examples:
(Welcoming Others) – Matthew 18:5
(Gathering Together) – Matthew 18:20
(Miracles Performed) – Mark 9:39
(Gifts Given) – Mark 9:41
(Reception of the Holy Spirit) – John 14:26

“Ask for anything in My name”

(To ask in a manner that is consistent with who Jesus is, what He taught, and what He stands for).

This is the confidence we have before Him: If we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears whatever we ask, we know that we have what we have asked of Him.
1 John 5:14-15 CSB

Praying God’s Will reveals…
(A Teachable Heart)