John 16.23-24 cont.
23 And in that day you will not ask Me for anything. In all sincerity I tell you that whatever you ask the Father in My name He will give it to you.
(alternative reading: whatever you ask the Father, He will give it to you in My name)
24 Up until now you have not asked for anything in My Name. Ask, and you will receive, so that your joy may be completely full.
It is often said that if we don’t ask, we don’t get. There may be quite a lot of truth in this. Perhaps many of us have managed to get an item for a lower price, because we have asked for a cheaper deal.
When buying a house the buyer will often put in a low offer, hoping to get a few thousand pounds knocked off the price. If the buyers don’t ask, they will not get the lower price.
Jesus encouraged His disciples to ask the Father for ‘whatever’ in His name. It is clear from what Jesus said that, up to that point in time, they had not asked the Father for anything. They had had no need to, because Jesus was with them, and any request they had they brought to Him.
This was all about to change, as Jesus was to leave them and go to be with the Father.
The age of the Holy Spirit was about to come upon them (and us). It was and is the age of Jesus being with us through the presence of the Holy Spirit. This is how we are able to ask the Father for anything, in the name of Jesus.
Jesus makes the promise that we will receive whatever we ask for in His name. In this will our joy be complete.
However, we may feel that we do not always get what we ask for.
There may be various reasons why this is so. Perhaps one reason may be that we do not ask in the name of Jesus. We must always let our requests be filtered through the mind of Jesus. Those requests that are not in agreement with Him will not be granted.
James put it this way:
 The reason you don’t have what you want is that you don’t ask God for it.  And even when you do ask, you don’t get it because your whole motive is wrong—you want only what will give you pleasure – James 4.2-3 (NLT).