John 14.12-14 cont.
12 In all sincerity I tell you: the one believing in Me and the works that I do, he will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father.
13 And I will do whatever you should ask in My name, so that the Father may be glorified through the Son.
14 I will do whatever you ask Me in My name.
A number of years ago I recall an Anglican Vicar saying that there are only two ways to pray. One is in the flesh, and by that he meant praying according to our own agenda. The other way of praying is in the Spirit. He then went on to say that the only effective way of praying is to pray in the Spirit.
There are many prayers that come from our own agenda, some of these may be the selfish prayer of ‘I want’. At other times these prayers may spring from motives that seek the best for others, as we see it, but are not the prayers asked in Jesus’ name.
Prayers that we may read may be said in all sincerity in the Holy Spirit, but they may also be said without any feeling or heart in them. In this way they are not said in the name of Jesus and will not get answered.
Sometimes we might pray out loud without reading them or preparing them. Again this may be done in the name of Jesus, but it also may be done to display our eloquence.
In truth there is only one way to pray and that is in the Holy Spirit.
When Jesus said that He will do whatever we should ask for in His name, He was talking about praying in the Spirit. This is the same as praying in the name of Jesus, since the Father, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit are one.
God’s word also tells us:
Always be praying by making requests at all times in the Spirit, also be attentive in perseverance with your requests for all the saints – Ephesians 6.18.
Jude wrote these words:
but you, dear friends, building yourselves up in the most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit – Jude 20.
Time spent with Jesus is the best preparation for receiving from Him how we should pray, and what we should pray. Prayer in the name of Jesus means that firstly we should listen to Him.