Ask in Jesus' Name
And You Will Receive
As Christians, we believe that the Bible is the word of God. The Bible tells us that whatever we ask in Jesus’ name, we will receive.
“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
"If you remain in me and my words remain in you, you ask whatever you wish, and it will be given you. This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples." - John 15:7-8
"Until now you have not asked for anything in my name. Ask and you will receive, and your joy will be complete." - John 16:24
"Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened." - Matthew 7:7-8
"If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer." - Matt 21:22
"This is the assurance we have in approaching God; that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us – whatever we ask – we know that we have what we asked of Him." - 1 John 5:14-15
Please take note of the last verse: “if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us …” The question is: How do we know that God hears us?
Iniquity In Our Hearts
Psalm 66:18 - "If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear."
Isaiah 59:2 - "But your iniquities have separated you from your God; your sins have hidden his face from you, so that he will not hear."
What are iniquities? Iniquity is defined as an immoral or unfair behavior. Its synonyms are injustice, wrong, evil, wickedness. Therefore, iniquity is SIN.
It seems that every man, Christian or not, knows that SIN is an abomination to God – that is why someone who thinks of himself a sinner seldom asks God for anything because he knows in his heart that God will never grant him his desires.
How does man know he is a sinner? When he violates the ten commandments – that is clear to him – he has stolen, has killed, has committed adultery, has engaged in idolatry, and other sins that are against God and against man.
But there are behaviors which some people do not consider a sin because these behaviors do not directly affect others, but to God – all sins are the same. You steal a million bucks or you take a pencil from your office – the same sin in the eyes of God – you are a thief!
Unfair, yes… but it’s in the consequence of those sins where justice prevails. The one who has stolen a million may or may not repent. If he does, God forgives him but he does not escape the consequence which is prison, ruined career, and damaged reputation. The one who took a pencil home does not think of it as a sin but it still has a consequence which is blocked blessings – no blessings from God! The problem is, he doesn’t know it – he thinks he is a good person and keeps asking God, “Why don’t I prosper?”
Do you think that worry, anxiety, resentment, bitterness, anger, gossip, lying, greed, envy, dishonesty, unforgiveness are sins? Yes, they are! They are called the “respectable sins” and anyone who commits them is as guilty as someone who has committed adultery in the eyes of God.
Here’s what the Bible has to say about them:
"For if you forgive men when they sin against you, your Heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins." - Matthew 6:14-15
"Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own." - Matthew 6:34
"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
"Do not make friends with a hot-tempered man, do not associate with one easily angered." - Prov. 22:24
"A fool gives full vent to his anger, but a wise man keeps himself under control." - Prov. 29:11
"Hatred stirs up dissension, but love covers over all wrongs." - Proverbs 10:12
"Better a meal of vegetables where there is love than a fattened calf with hatred." - Prov. 15:16
"The Lord detests all the proud of heart. Be sure of this: They will not go unpunished." - Prov. 16:5
"A man’s pride brings him low, but a man of lowly spirit gains honor." - Prov. 29:23
"A gossip betrays a confidence, but a trustworthy man keeps a secret." - Prov. 11:13
"One man gives freely, yet gains even more; another withholds unduly, but comes to poverty." - Prov. 11:24
"A generous man will prosper; he who refreshes others will himself be refreshed." - Prov. 11:25
"Resentment kills a fool, and envy slays the simple." - Job 5:2
"A heart at peace gives life to the body, but envy rots the bones." - Prov. 14:30
"There are six things the Lord hates, seven that are detestable to Him: haughty eyes, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked schemes, feet that are quick to rush into evil, a false witness who pours out lies, and a man who stirs up dissension among brothers." - Prov. 6:16-19
"The Lord abhors dishonest scales, but accurate weights are His delight." - Prov. 11:1
"See to it that no one fails to obtain the grace of God; that no “root of bitterness” grows up to cause trouble and defile many." - Hebrews 12:15
These sins block even a Christian’s blessings. You may be wondering why there is no blessing in your life. You may say, “I am a good person – I am not a thief, I am not an adulterer, I am not a murderer – why am I suffering so much lack in my life?”
Let's examine our hearts -- we may be harboring these “respectable sins” in our hearts. These are the iniquities that’s blocking God's blessings.
“If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear.”