How Prayer Actually Works: ‘…ask for anything in my name, and I will do it.’ (John 14:13-14, 14:16 Explained)

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Brief Summary

These three verses are being highlighted to try to explain the basics of how prayer actually works.

From this we will see how here is no ‘trinity’ implied in the verses, by explaining two main facts, which briefly are;

A) Do we ask Christ for things in prayer?

No. The correct translation for these two verses in this instance is the KJV, which does not instruct any such thing.

B) What does it mean when it says Christ ‘will do it’ in both verses?

After we read John 14:16 with our two subject verses, we see that one of Christ’s duties is to pray to the Father – and this is consistent with other verses such as Isaiah 53:12 and Romans 8:34 which both state Christ ‘intercedes’ for people to G-d.

This is what Christ does as high priest in the order of Melchizadek (Psalm 110:4, Hebrews 5:10);

A person prays to G-d in Christ’s name (in honor/recognition of), and then Christ intercedes on our behalf with G-d.

Begin

John 14:13-14 read as follows;

And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.
John 14:13 KJV

If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it.
John 14:14 KJV

The reason why another translation is not being used here in this instance, is because the majority of other translators have rendered the verse in a way which reads as if it instructs us to pray to Christ.

Such also breaks the instructions found in the famous Lord’s prayer (Matthew 6:9);

You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it.
John 14:14 NIV

Here, the KJV does not render G1473 of the interlinear text for the verse, so it does not have the ‘me‘ in it.

The Concordance shows us the word’s definition is ‘only expressed when emphatic’.

With this, we will now see how John 14:16 provides the context for John 14:13-14 – with regard to what Christ ‘will do’ for those who pray to the Father (G-d) in his name.

What Christ will do is also ‘pray to the Father’ in an effort to see such a prayer made in his name fulfilled;

‘And I will pray the Father, and He shall give you…’
(John 14:16 KJV amended)

To close, some verses which show us Christ as High Priest in the order of Melchizadek, interceding (praying) for people are;

‘…Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchizedek.’
(Psalm 110:4 KJV)

‘…designated by God as High Priest according to the order of Melchizedek.’
(Hebrews 5:10 NASB2020)

and,

‘…he… makes intercession for the transgressors.’
(Isaiah 53:12 ESV)

‘…Christ… who is even at the right hand of God,… also maketh intercession for us.’
(Romans 8:34 KJV)

We now know a little more about the basics of how prayer works.

This concludes the explanation, hoping it is fruitful.

Kind regards,

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“Scripture quotations are from the ESV® Bible (The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®), copyright © 2001 by Crossway, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved. May not copy or download more than 500 consecutive verses of the ESV Bible or more than one half of any book of the ESV Bible.”

“Scripture quotations are from the ESV® Bible (The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®), copyright © 2001 by Crossway, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.”

“Scripture quotations taken from the New American Standard Bible® (NASB), Copyright © 1960, 1962, 1963, 1968, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1995, 2020 by The Lockman Foundation Used by permission. http://www.Lockman.org

“Scripture quotations marked (NIV) are taken from the Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV®. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.™ Used by permission of Zondervan. All rights reserved worldwide. http://www.zondervan.com The “NIV” and “New International Version” are trademarks registered in the United States Patent and Trademark Office by Biblica, Inc.™ “

The Orthodox Jewish Bible Copyright Artists for Israel Intl Used by permission © The Orthodox Jewish Bible fourth edition, OJB. Copyright 2002, 2003, 2008, 2010, 2011 by Artists for Israel International, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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