One of the hangups we sometimes have with prayer is how audaciously lavish Jesus’ promises seem to be about it. They seem to be utterly unrealistic when compared to our daily experience, but there they are:
- “You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it” (John 14:14).
- “If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you” (John 15:7).
- “Whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you” (John 15:16).
However, if we read these verses in context we understand that these promises assume a certain condition on the part of the person praying. The person who is given these kinds of promises of answered prayer is the person who is in business with God.