The other day I was watching the Gospel of John on YouTube when I noticed that, between Judas’ departure to turn Jesus over to the authorities at the end of John 13 and before arriving at the garden of Gethsemane, he tells his disciples four times that if they ask God for anything in his name, God will do it. As seen below.

And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it.

John 14:13-14 (NIV)

If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.

John 15:7 (NIV)

You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit—fruit that will last—and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you.

John 15:16 (NIV)

In that day you will no longer ask me anything. Very truly I tell you, my Father will give you whatever you ask in my name. Until now you have not asked for anything in my name. Ask and you will receive, and your joy will be complete.

John 16:23-24 (NIV)

Think about that for a moment. This was Jesus’ last discussion with his disciples before being glorified, and the point he wanted them to get the most was that they could ask God for anything in his name, and God would do it. Of course, there were other important points Jesus made, but the point Jesus most wanted the disciples to understand was his connection to God. If the disciples failed to understand Jesus’ “influence” with God, their reception of the Holy Spirit could have been impaired. As seen by these verses.

And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever- the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you (emphasis added).

John 14:16-17 (NIV)

“When the Advocate comes, whom I will send to you from the Father—the Spirit of truth who goes out from the Father—he will testify about me” (emphasis added).

John 15:26 (NIV)

As Christians, we are disciples of Christ, and we, too, must understand that we can ask God for anything according to his will, in Jesus’ name, and it will be done. If it was so important that Jesus repeated the concept to his disciples four times in his last sermon, it’s even more critical for us today. We have never encountered Jesus as fully human and fully divine. 

Do you know God? God knows you, and he loves you. He sees you as significant because you are. No one is insignificant to Him. He’s with you today, and he wants you to know him. Jesus died for your sins and mine so we could be free of guilt, freed from death, and live eternally with him. Eternal salvation is just a prayer away.

Pray this prayer with me to accept the gift of salvation:

Lord Jesus, forgive me for all my sins. I repent from my ways. Wash me in your blood and cleanse me from all unrighteousness. I believe that you died on the cross, were buried, and on the third day, God the Father raised you from the dead. Right now, Lord Jesus, I open the door to my heart and receive you into my heart as my Lord and personal Savior. Amen.

If you prayed that prayer, then congratulations! You are on the first step of a brand new life. Allow me to be the first to welcome you to my family, the family of God. There are abundant resources available online for new Christians. You can visit here for more information on what to do next. You can also leave me a comment, and I’ll do my best to help you on the next step of this incredible journey.