“And in that day ye shall ask me nothing. Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall ask the Father in my name, he will give it you.”
Every person needs God because God is the only one who can supply their needs. Sadly, too many people trust in man’s abilities and find that man is not capable of meeting their needs. The fact that you have needs in your life shows you that you need God and that you need to pray.
If you are going to get your needs met, you must go about getting those needs met through the medium through which God says that He will meet your needs, and that medium is prayer. It has been said that the biggest failure of the believer is a prayer failure. Your failure truly comes back to the fact that you didn’t pray as you should. In the verse above, God teaches several principles about prayer to help you get any need met.
First, God chooses prayer as His medium to voice your needs to Him. God could have chosen any other medium, but He chose prayer. God did not say that you need to tell others about your needs, but that you need to tell Him in prayer. The fact that God wants you to come into His presence with your needs is a great privilege. Never forget that your need is God’s way to get you to talk to Him.
Second, prayers can’t be answered if you don’t ask. In the verse above, Jesus taught that “ye shall ask the Father.” James 4:2 says, “…ye have not, because ye ask not.” Have you ever thought that the reason you still have a need is because you have asked everyone else but God? God should always be your first stop to get your needs met, and you do that through prayer. The worst thing that could happen in prayer is that God chooses to give you what you need and not what you think you need.
Third, God gives no limits on what to ask Him for in prayer. Notice that Jesus says, “Whatsoever ye shall ask the Father…” The key to this verse is the word “whatsoever.” In other words, it doesn’t bother God when you ask Him for every need in life. There are no small or insignificant needs for which God does not want you to ask Him for in prayer. The reason you can go boldly to God in prayer with ANY request is because you have the authority of His Word that grants you the permission to ask Him for “whatsoever.”
The crucial part of this verse is that Jesus says, “…he will give it you.” This does not say when He will give it to you, but He says that “he will give it to you.” In other words, God says in His timing He will give you the answer to your request. You must have the faith that God is able to hear you pray, and that He is able to answer your request. God will answer your request; therefore, never stop asking until He gives it to you.
My friend, what is your “whatsoever” need today? You cannot get this need met until you ask the Father for that need in Jesus’ name. The only reason you have access to the Father is because of Jesus, and if you go to Him because of that access, you will find that He will grant your request. Always remember that the only insignificant request is the request that is not brought to God in prayer. Stop qualifying what you think God wants you to ask Him for and begin believing that He wants you to ask Him for “whatsoever.” The most frequent place you should visit daily is the prayer closet because it is there that you ask God for every need you have.