Many times when I have a need, or I intercede for someone, I first talk with Jesus. He has been hungry, thirsty, tired, ridiculed, and rejected. He understands me. So I may take a few minutes or several days with Jesus for talking, listening, and discerning before I am ready to take my request to God, our Father.
I do these things because of John 16:23 (ESV),“In that day you will ask nothing of me. Truly, truly, I say to you, whatever you ask of the Father in my name, he will give it to you.” Regarding John 16:23, MacLaren’s Expositions states, “Our Lord here sums up the prerogatives and privileges of His servants in the day that was about to dawn and to last till He came again.“
You see, if I’m going to pray in Jesus’ name, it only seems right for me to be sure that He agrees with that for which I’m asking. Using His name is serious business. While I’m preparing to go before our heavenly Father, the Holy Spirit, who abides within me, guides me, and I receive the confidence that I will pray God’s will. If I pray God’s will, whatever I ask in the name of Jesus shall be accomplished.
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