How shall I pray? Could there be a more important question for a Christian man to ask? How shall I approach the King of Glory?
When we read Christs promises regarding prayer we are apt to think that He puts far too great a power into our hands-unless, indeed, we hastily conclude that it is impossible for Him to act as He promises. He says, ask "anything," "whatsoever," "what ye will," and it shall be done.
But then He puts in a qualifying phrase. He says that we are to ask in His name. That is the condition, and the only one, although, as we should remind ourselves, it is sometimes couched in different words.
If, therefore, we ask and do not receive, it can only be that we are not fulfilling this condition. If then, we are true disciples of His, if we are sincere, we shall take pains (infinite pains, if need be) to discover just what it means to ask in His name; and we shall not rest content until we have fulfilled that condition. Let us read the promise again to be quite sure about it. "Whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If ye shall ask anything in my name, I will do it" (John 14:13-14).