I don’t know about you, but sometimes a single Scripture verse trips me up so bad I can’t get by it. It’ll keep cycling and cycling. Eventually, I roll on because I believe the Bible is true and I know God loves me. So, I just leave it…but not really.
Number one on my list of such verses is John 14:13…
“And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son.”
Many prosperity gospel preachers quote that verse along with James 4:2b, “You do not have because you do not ask God.”
So, am I asking wrong? Is ‘name it and claim it’ right? If I ask God for my choice will I get a Rolls Royce?
It seems to depend on what I’m asking for and why. Check this out (from a guy who lived over 400 years ago)…
“The promise of God concerning prayer (that is the certainty of prayer being answered) is referring to the kind of prayer that is in faith and to the Holy Spirit. It is not, however, dealing with the prayers that come from the flesh or will or human wisdom. Therefore, the great care and concern in prayer is that it be of God in the quickenings and motions of his own Spirit. For the dead cannot praise God, nor can the dead truly pray to him.
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Source: Church Leaders