“If you ask anything in My name, I will do it” (Jn 14:14).
The proviso “in My name” means “according to My character.” “Ask the Father what I would ask,” says the Savior. How can we do this? Read 1 Corinthians 2:9-16 for the answer. God has prepared things for us, but we can’t naturally discover what they are (v 9). Yet the first great gift He has given us so we CAN know is His Holy Spirit (v 10). Through Him, “we have the mind of Christ” (v 16); thus we can grasp what He would ask!
One of the great encouragements to do this is found in God’s great name, El-Shaddai. Guy H. King writes, “The significance of that word is ‘The God Who Is Enough’ — great enough, wise enough, tender enough, understanding enough, powerful enough, for anything that you can ever bring to Him! This, then, is something of the nature of the One whose presence we are allowed to enjoy when we come together to pray; will not these qualities make a difference for us as we come?”