• Jesus does whatever I ask in His name.
    His father gives me whatever I ask in the name of Jesus.
  • I am not anxious about anything.
    I pray with thanksgiving.
    The peace of God guards my heart and mind in Christ Jesus.
  • Signs accompany my faith.
    In the name of Jesus, God works in mighty ways through me.
  • I approach God with freedom and confidence because I am in Him and have faith in Him.
  • God gave His son for me.
    He graciously gives me all things with Him.
  • And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Son may bring glory to the Father. You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it
    John 14:13-14

    I tell you the truth, my Father will give you whatever you ask in my name…Ask and you will receive, and your joy will be complete
    John 16:23-4

    Jesus gives these prayer-promises to His disciples. He expects you to believe them and act upon them. To ask ‘in the name of Jesus’ is to stand in His place before the throne of God, knowing that your Father hears and answers you. He has given you that privilege. You are to ask for what Jesus would ask, with the expectant faith that He gives you. It is not for your sake that God will answer you but for the sake of Jesus ‘that the Son may bring glory to the Father’. As you receive, not only will He be glorified but also ‘your joy will be complete’. James warns: ‘You do not have because you do not ask God. When you ask, you do not receive because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures.’ (James 4:2-3).

    That shows the importance of praying from the right motives: not out of selfishness, but ‘that the Son may bring glory to the Father’. Let the Father know that it is His interests that you have at heart; you delight to do His will and see His purposes fulfilled.

    Jesus does whatever I ask in His name.
    His father gives me whatever I ask in the name of Jesus.

  • Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus
    Philippians 4:6-7

    Anxiety is present when faith is not operating. Jesus said: ‘I tell you, do not worry about your life’ (Matthew 6:34). If your trust is in Him you need not be anxious about anything. When you look at difficult situations, your initial reaction may be anxiety and doubt. In which case you need to ask the Lord for His forgiveness and then look at the situation through the eyes of Jesus. ‘In everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.’ If you are praying with faith, you will be praying with thanksgiving because you ‘believe that you have received it’. That assurance of God’s faithful answer is shown by the peace of God that ‘transcends all understanding’. In the midst of circumstances when you would naturally be anxious and fearful, you experience the peace of God instead.

    Jesus gives a good demonstration of this. When His friend, Lazarus, was critically ill, He did not hurry to Bethany. When He stood before the tomb where Lazarus’s body had been for four days, He prayed: ‘Father, I thank you that you have heard me. I knew that you always hear me’ (John 11:41-42). That is a fine demonstration of praying with faith, with thanksgiving. At that moment nothing had happened. Jesus only had the assurance that Lazarus was about to be raised.

    I am not anxious about anything.
    I pray with thanksgiving.
    The peace of God guards my heart and mind in Christ Jesus.

  • And these signs will accompany those who believe: in my name they will drive out demons; they will speak in new tongues; they will pick up snakes with their hands; and when they drink deadly poison, it will not hurt them at all; they will place their hands on sick people and they will get well
    Mark 16:17-18

    The most reliable manuscripts do not contain the closing words of Marks’s Gospel. However, we must be careful not to discredit the truths they contain. They demonstrate that the early believers expected to see miraculous signs of God’s protection in their lives. They summarise other verses of direction and promise that Jesus gives to His followers. Signs will ‘accompany those who believe’: again the emphasis on faith.They will be accomplished only in the name of Jesus.

    Signs accompany my faith.
    In the name of Jesus, God works in mighty ways through me.

  • In him and through faith in him we may approach God with freedom and confidence
    Ephesians 3:12

    You no longer have to cringe before God, wondering whether He loves you and has accepted you. You can be confident before Him because He has given you the freedom and privilege to approach Him in the name of the One who has always been acceptable to Him. You do not come in your own name, but in His. You do not plead any righteousness of your own, but His. When God looks upon you He sees you in His Son. And when He hears your prayer, it comes to Him through Jesus in whom you live.

    I approach God with freedom and confidence because I am in Him and have faith in Him.

  • He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all – how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things?
    Romans 8:32

    Because you live in Jesus, God wants to give you ‘all things’ that you need to live your life for Him, in loving obedience to Him. Paul makes this statement in the midst of reminding his readers that all things are working together for their good; that they have been predestined to be conformed to the likeness of Jesus; that they are more than conquerors, and nothing shall separate them from the love of God in Christ Jesus.

    To live in Jesus means that you will know the fellowship of His sufferings; but in every need your Father is wanting to meet with you and provide for you. ‘Be faithful, even to the point of death, and I will give you the crown of life’ (Revelation 2:10).

    Know that God’s purpose is graciously to give you all things. He never wants to withhold from you. He is a gracious giver. He has demonstrated that by not sparing His own Son, but by giving Him up for you and for all men. If He dealt with you as you deserve, He would give you nothing. Instead, He acts graciously towards you.

    God gave His son for me.
    He graciously gives me all things with Him.