John 14:14, “If you ask anything in My name, I will do it.”
It’s nearly impossible to tell someone “I know how you feel” in a tough situation when you have not gone through it yourself. Often mistake made is encouraging someone who has either lost a dear one and say words from no experience of your own. If you have not gone through it or similar, you do not know how it feels. The best way to respond in my judgement is to say something like this “I don’t know how it feels but I want to let you know I care“. The good encouragers are the ones who have had a taste of it and can stand and encourage.
For God to create, He only had to speak, to redeem, Christ had to suffer. There are many things that accompany Jesus’ life here on earth. We know His main mission was to come and die on the cross to save mankind. And while He was here, He also taught, healed, raised the dead, raised leaders etc. He became a person (Man) to identify with us. You cannot redeem what related to. Christ had to relate to us, bring Himself to our level yet without sin then redeem us. He was here on earth 100%God and 100% Man. Living a normal human life. He was tempted like any other man, was moved when He lost His friend Lazarus, rejected by men, lied on, hated by many, got hungry, denied, had no place to live and call His own, experienced hardships, experienced exhaustion, emotionally drained, became a servant, beaten, spat on, stripped naked, crucified on the cross etc. When Jesus says to me, “I know how it feels son“, I know He does, He has been there.
Here comes the good report, after resurrection, He ascended into heaven. Before then He tells His disciples, John 14:14, “If you ask anything in My name, I will do it.” Why do we pray in “Jesus name” and not in “Father’s name” directly? Jesus said, when you pray, pray in my name. Well the Father has never been flesh and blood, yes He is God but He has never reduced Himself to the level of men to feel what men feels. In the old testament they did not have abounding GRACE like we do, they did not have the level of mercy we have in the NT. All these came more as a result of Jesus experience, the ultimate sacrifice. We offer prayers to God the Father through Jesus by the power of the Holy Spirit. Jesus takes our prayers and presents them to Father in a way we could never do. It’s like a child who has picked flowers for his dad, he gives them to his mother and the mother preps them in a way they look presentable and gives them to the father saying, “from your son”. Jesus having been here on earth prays on our behalf when we ask something like this, “Father, I know how it feels to be in their position, do not destroy them, provide for them, let GRACE and MERCY plead for them”. When I pray in Jesus name, Jesus presents my case to the Father as an experienced God/Man because He has been there (both sides).
Proverbs 18:10, “The name of the LORD is a strong tower; The righteous run to it and are safe“. Praying in His name is a reminder that you are supported by a strong tower. You are safe under that name when Jesus the High Priest, seated at the right hand of God the Father is interceding for us. Romans 8:34, “Who is he who condemns? It is Christ who died, and furthermore is also risen, who is even at the right hand of God, who also makes intercession for us”. Anything desired in accordance with His will is released under Jesus’ name (signature, label). If we ask God through His Son’s name, Jesus puts His seal of approval. Go through the one who knows your feelings. Be blessed Ev