You have read, “Ask anything in My Name, and it will be given to you.”
So why then, are some of our prayers answered with a resounding NO?
There are many mysteries of God and many secrets hidden within the hearts of people as to why prayers go unanswered. Here I am specifically writing about when the prayer is answered, but the answer is no.
In My Name, does not simply mean, that if you use the phrase “in the Name of Jesus” when you pray that He will give you everything you ask for. It means that you are agreeing with Jesus in what you are asking the Father for, and He will give you anything you ask for that He agrees with.
Think about it like this. At the place I work, one of my senior leaders from time to time will ask me to do something. If he knows that what he is asking me to do may require some doors to be opened, he will say to me, “Tell them that Mike asked me to reach out to you.” He is essentially saying, “when you ask them for help, ask them ‘in my name.'” It is always amazing to me when I give someone a call or send an email, and I say, “Mike asked me to contact you…” just how quick and complete the response is.
When Jesus says ask anything in My name, He is a saying, when you go to the Heavenly Father in prayer, say to Him, “God, Jesus said I should and talk to you. You see, well, we need food, we need shelter, we need help with.…, I’m really struggling with…., I’m really discouraged about…., I need wisdom.” And your Father in heaven knowing, that Jesus agrees with you in these requests because they are promises He has given you from His Word, will give them to you.
But sometimes we bypass the Son, and we go straight to the Father. “God, I really want….will you give it to me, in Jesus Name, Amen.”
This is like me going to HR at work, and saying, “You know, Mike said I should talk to you about a raise.” What’s going to happen? HR will call Mike, and because I took for granted our relationship, the answer will be no, and I probably will be in pretty hot water.
If we bypass the Son, if we take for granted our relationship with Him, we have no right to go to the Father. The Door won’t be opened. The answer will be no.
But, when we go to the Son, He will meet us where we are, and He will guide us through His Spirit according to His perfect will, and we will pray according His perfect will. When you pray according His perfect will, in His Name, It will be given to you.
There is relationship here. That is what it is all about. Did you know that Jesus wants relationship with you. He does. He died for you, so that you can have relationship with Him. Who does that? Jesus!
So if we find that we have not asked God for something according to His perfect will, and the answer is no, what should we do?
Look at an example from the life of King David. David had a child who was very ill, and He asked God to heal him. This is a good request right? Well yes, but if you unpack this a bit, you learn that this child was born out of an adulterous affair. And in order to cover up the adulterous affair, David sent the women’s husband, who was a friend of David, to most dangerous front in battle. And if that’s not enough, David, had the rest of the men retreat leaving this poor man alone to die. David’s actions against this man were nothing short of Murder.
But looking at his sick little child, David asked God to heal him. He asked God for something that was good. But, for reasons known only to God, it was not according to His will. The answer was no, and the child died. Look how David responds.
“Then it happened on the seventh day that the child died. And the servants of David were afraid to tell him that the child was dead, for they said, “Behold, while the child was still alive, we spoke to him and he did not listen to our voice. How then can we tell him that the child is dead, since he might do himself harm!” But when David saw that his servants were whispering together, David perceived that the child was dead; so David said to his servants, “Is the child dead?” And they said, “He is dead.” So David arose from the ground, washed, anointed himself, and changed his clothes; and he came into the house of the Lord and worshiped.” (2 Samuel 12:18-20a)
He worshiped the Lord.
Regardless of how the Good Lord chooses to answer our prayers, I believe our proper response to every answer is a heart of thankfulness and worship toward the Lord God Almighty. It is easy to say thank You when the answer is yes. But sometimes, the answer is no. Such times truly test the attitude of our hearts toward our God.