“Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on Me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater than these shall he do; because I go unto My Father.
And whatsoever ye shall ask in My name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If ye shall ask any thing in My name, I will do.” John 14:12-14 (KJB)
In this scene Jesus is preparing His disciples for life without His bodily presence. He is soon to depart from this earth by way of death, burial, and bodily resurrection; then to ascend up bodily unto the Father in their very presence (Luke 24:50-53; Acts 1:9-11). Did you notice that in Acts where the angels said, “He will come again in like manner”?
I want to deal with that verse where it sounds as though you can ask for anything you want, and God is supposed to give it. It is not. The works Jesus did before His death. The miracles, and even more importantly the fearlessness in preaching the word, calling sinners to repentance and faith in God through the Son. His life was given for all who would believe in Him to be saved and live forever in the presence of the God of all creation.
Ask what you will according to His name, and God will give it. That is ask what He would ask for. Most of the time what Jesus asked for was to glorify the Father. Is that a hint or what?
It is almost surely a sign of immaturity, or unbelief if one thinks that they can ask for cars, homes, lands, health, etc., and think that God is obligated to give them. Remember this: God is obligated to no one or no thing.
Ask for salvation. Ask for God’s will in your life. Ask for souls to be saved. Ask for the filling of the Holy Spirit. Ask that the word of God go forth in power; and much more. Cars, houses, lands, even health? What is that compared to eternity with the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit?
I ask God today to save the soul that is nearest Hell. Could that be you?