In John 14:13, Jesus tells His followers "Whatever you ask in My name, that will I do." So what exactly does praying in Jesus' name mean? Does this mean if I say "in Jesus' name" I will get that beautiful new car I've been wanting, the promotion at work that many are seeking?
According to Dr. Charles Stanley in the In Touch devotional,
"[The] phrase 'in Jesus' name' isn't some magic incantation that automatically gets what a person desires. Rather, it is a way to ensure that hearts are right and requests are in line with God's will. When we ask in Jesus' name, we are telling Him we want an answer that is based upon His complete knowledge of our situation. Moreover, we are surrendering our desires to be denied, changed, or granted as He sees fit. . . . Believers are invited to tap into Jesus' power for the purpose of seeing His will done and His gospel spread."
I don't know about you, but I rather like that Jesus has complete knowledge of my situation because there are times when I am confused about life's circumstances. I don't know what all is going on or how it will play out, but it's great to know that God does. And that He is in control. This was a good and somehow comforting reminder to me.