Jesus said these important words and many of his believers rely of them to be honest and true.
John 14:13 And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.
So we usually say our prayers and end it with this sentence. “We ask all this in Jesus’ name.”
But there’s a hitch. If we ask something “in someone’s name” it means that person has already agreed to honor the request. After all, you do not buy something with a charge card if your name is not on that card, because it is your name, and your name only means you will pay the bill! Your name is your promise to back up what you said. And if you do this with another person’s card without their permission you are actually stealing!
So what if you don’t know what God has said? Then perhaps we should not be praying until we know what his will is.
This is the prayer that you can occasionally hear. “If it be thy will oh Lord, do this and such, heal so-and-so and” on and on.
In other words, the pray-er does not have a clue what God’s will actually is and just throwing out a hopeful prayer that maybe, just maybe God will honor the prayer even though it is not prayed in faith.
Here is what Jesus said about healing. Matthew 8
2 And, behold, there came a leper and worshipped him, saying, Lord, if thou wilt, thou canst make me clean.
3 And Jesus put forth his hand, and touched him, saying, I will; be thou clean. And immediately his leprosy was cleansed.
The leper asked the right question. Was it Jesus’ will to heal him.
5 And when Jesus was entered into Capernaum, there came unto him a centurion, beseeching him,
6 And saying, Lord, my servant lieth at home sick of the palsy, grievously tormented.
7 And Jesus saith unto him, I will come and heal him.
Also in Matthew 8. Jesus announced his intention to heal.
The secret to answered prayers then is this – know first what God wants and then pray the prayer.