If you ask anything in My name, I will do it.John 14:14
The truth is always associated with one or more statements of fact. A statement of fact is a sentence that describes something authentic, something real and not fake. A statement of fact always allow and entitle itself to be reviewed or investigated.
A statement of fact does not need to hide, nor is it afraid to be examined in the open. Because statements of fact are realistic descriptions of any given matter, hence evidence of its authenticity is always verifiable and cannot be tampered by any means. This is the character and nature of the truth and the statement it carries.
In John 14:6, Jesus said, “I’m the Way, the Truth and the Life”. By saying this, Jesus opens the invitation for Himself to be examined by His own spoken words. And He went on further to state this, “If you had known Me, you would have known My Father also; and from now on you know Him and have seen Him”. Here, there are two points of contention posed to the believer; firstly, Jesus claims He is the truth and secondly, the ball is now back in our courts; to decide whether what Jesus is saying that He is the truth, is actually the truth.
Ask “Anything” In Faith
How often we have heard in churches, our preachers encouraging us to have faith in God, to believe in Him, to unashamedly and openly declare the Name of Jesus. There’s nothing wrong in the language itself, and in fact it is literally correct to say we have been told to believe and have faith in Jesus.
Earlier by asking Jesus how are they to know where He is going, and how can they know the way, the questions posed by Thomas showed us that these queries were raised from a possibly lengthy discussion Jesus had with His disciples, during an event that is widely known today as the last supper. Among other things, we read in John 13, that it was a day before the Feast of the Passover, Jesus knew the time has come for His departure and He was washing the feet of His disciples. The disciples were puzzled at what Jesus was doing, and more so each time when He speaks.
However, Jesus did not stop at the point of merely saying He is the truth. If we read John 14:7-18, Jesus goes beyond spoken words and demonstrated the facts that He had pointed out to His disciples, by engaging them in a practical conversation of seek, and you shall find, and ask, and it shall be given you. By doing so, Jesus invited His truth to be examined and thus by His probing truth, we are told to have faith in His statement of fact; ask whatever in His Name, that He will do, THAT THE FATHER MAY BE GLORIFIED IN HIM, therefore ask, and He will do it.
The “faith in God” taught by Jesus to His disciples, and us, has nothing to do with having the faith to ask for anything that pleases us and as long as we have sufficiently strong faith, God will do it for us and answer us positively. Jesus did not promise us anything at all in this sense or line of reasoning.
Now, make no mistake concerning what Jesus said explicitly; “And WHATEVER YOU ASK IN MY NAME, THAT I WILL DO, THAT THE FATHER MAY BE GLORIFIED IN THE SON. If you ask anything in My name, I will do it.” John 14:13-14 Do you see it now? Do you see why preachers in our churches have been vehemently wrong, when they teach believers to ask for anything in Jesus’ Name, and it shall be given you?
If you go back to them on another day and say to them that you had already asked, but God still haven’t done anything for you, and pastors would raise the common excuse that you do not have enough faith while asking. They’ll tell you that is why when you ask, nothing is given. To add insult to injury, they will recite to you Hebrews 11:6, quote it out of context and say without faith, it is impossible to please God.
What our pastors and churches are doing is nothing less than lying to believers and when prayers do not come to pass within expectations of the false faith being dished out to them, more Bible verses are twisted and abused, to create more lies to cover up the earlier lies.
Well, if you still cannot see the truth in the Bible, then allow me to summarize it for you in a few shows of words. In the Bible, Jesus did not say ask for anything and He will do it for you. What Jesus said is this; set your minds, your thoughts and your ways to God’s ways. Ask for anything that glories God the Father in heaven, AND JESUS PROMISED US HE WILL DO IT. Go and read John 14:12-14 again.
Jesus is teaching us to follow Him and to do His will, not our will but His will, which in essence is the Father’s will.
Believers get thrown off and no longer believing in Jesus anymore, not because He is not telling the truth, but because our preachers have for too long, erroneously and deliberately misrepresented the promises He made to us and substituting them with their own fables; that if we have sufficient faith in God, we can attain the level of achieving and asking whatever we so wish, and the fantasy that it shall be given us. These are the working mechanics of false prophecies and false teachings.
The lie did not come from Jesus or the Father. The lie and the empty promises came from men who did not examine the truth carefully but yet blatantly and falsely calling themselves anointed by God.