“If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it” (John 14:14).
This saying of Jesus is much misunderstood, but it is so simple to comprehend. Many respond to this message by treating Jesus as a genie who grants wishes, as long as they add the magic words “in Jesus’ name” at the end of their prayer requests. But I seriously doubt Jesus was saying that “anyone can ask Me anything and I’ll do it for them, as long as they make it out to “in My name””.
The expression “in my name” actually connotes that whatever is being done is “with my agreement”, “on my behalf”, “inline with my principles”, “bears my mark” and has “my seal of approval”. For example, people campaign against causes they disagree with by declaring that it was not done in their name (#notinmyname). So whatever was being done was not done on their behalf, in agreement with them or inline with their principles, and they did not give their approval by signing any document or leaving an imprint of any kind! They have nothing to do with it and it doesn’t in any way reflect them!
I suppose Jesus could say…
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