A true desire is the starting point of every successful faith walk. The reason why many people fail to receive the manifestation to their answered prayers is mainly because they request for things that are less than the genuine desires of their hearts. In a bid to play safe, they actually hamper the operations of faith in their lives.
In the same way, the crippled man asked for silver and gold instead of healing because he had given up hope of ever walking. Jesus said in Jn 16: 23-24,26 ‘And in that day ye shall ask me nothing. Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall ask the Father in my name, he will give it you. Hitherto have ye asked nothing in my name: ask, and ye shall receive, that your joy may be full. At that day ye shall ask in my name: and I say not unto you, that I will pray the Father for you:
However, in spite of this scriptural instruction, most of the requests made by believers are not made in the name of Jesus.
The concept of making requests in Jesus’ name means appropriating the quality of things that the authority of His name can provide. The requests that people make are far beneath the quality that the authority of Jesus’ name can provide. They are not made in the context of His name because they are beneath the operations of that name. For example, if an individual has the opportunity of receiving an offer from the president of his country to make any request in the president’s name and such a person requests for five thousand naira (N5,000), it will be evident that the individual lacks an understanding of the great resources that lie at the president’s disposal.
In fact, if the request comes from an individual who is supposed to know better, such a request could be deemed as insulting to the person and office of the president.This is because the kind of requests expected from such a person would have been things that only a president can access and make available to him. Any request that can be fulfilled by any other person will not be maximising the name and authority of that office.
In the same vein, when we offer up our prayers in the name of Jesus, God expects us to make requests that stem from the inspired longings of our hearts. He gets disappointed when we short-change ourselves and make mundane requests particularly when those requests stem out of the fear of getting disappointed.