Your Request Is Approved
Now, when you pray, do you do so with confidence that God will approve your requests for help and supernaturally grant them every time you ask Him? Many people pray, but very few do so with much confidence. They know their performance falls short of God’s righteous standard. They wonder if
God will approve them because they are very conscious of their imperfections.
Beloved, the good news is that God hears our prayers, not because we are approved, but because Jesus is approved. Listen to these powerful words from John 16:23-24.
“And in that day you will ask Me nothing. Most assuredly, I say to you, whatever you ask the Father in My name He will give you. Until now you have asked nothing in My name. Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full.”
Child of God, Heaven will approve your requests, if you do not make the mistake of using your own name (your reputation and performance with God) as the basis of your claim. That would ensure a denial because you have not, neither has any other person, managed to accumulate enough personal righteousness through his or her performance to merit even one answer to prayer. Jesus is the only One who has met God’s standard of perfection and He is one-hundred percent approved in Heaven. This is why we are told to use his name.
We see this principle at work in everyday life. If you were to attempt to obtain $100 from my bank account by presenting the teller with a check signed by you, your request would be denied because you are not approved to withdraw money from my account. But if you were to present the same bank with a check signed by me, that same teller will honor your request. Why? My name is approved! In the first instance, you made your name the basis of your request, and got nothing. In the second instance, you made my name the basis and you got everything.
Now, when we make the name of Jesus the basis of our requests, we get answers to our prayers. You see, when we come in Jesus’ name, and not in ours, we are making His obedience, not ours, the grounds for our approval. When we pray in Jesus’ name we are asking the Father to take our name off the table; not to consider who we are or what we have done, but to take into account only the person and name of our Lord and Savior in answering our prayers.
This means when you pray, you do not have to depend upon your own name, your own reputation, or your own righteousness for approval with God. The Father has made it possible for you to present your requests in the name of His Son. And since your personal performance is not even being considered, you have no reason to be surprised when you get that call from Heaven saying, “Your request is approved.”
Beloved, the next time you pray in Jesus’ name, you can be confident that God will answer you because you know Jesus was approved for you.