“And whatever you ask in My name, that I will do, in order that the Father might be glorified in the Son” (John 14:13).
This is not the experience of many and the reason is that they are asking in His name but not in His nature; to ask in His name means more than just knowing how to pronounce “Jesus”; it is not magic, mysticism or mumbo jumbo, like saying “Open Sesame!”. The name of Jesus and the nature of Jesus are indivisible; whereas we tend to focus on the needs of the “you” doing the asking, Jesus is more concerned about the “My” being asked; asking in His name means asking what He would ask and if you look at the model prayer He gave the disciples, we will see what asking in His name means.
Firstly, He praised God and asked that the divine authority would be manifest upon the earth; this is the primary focus of praying in His name. For Himself, He asked for “daily bread”, which is not bread made from wheat, but food from heaven, that divine revelation that comes only from intimate fellowship with God; He asked for forgiveness to the same extent He forgave others and protection from the works of darkness.
These are the paramount things; this is to pray in the name of Jesus; it is the “my” that is important, not the “you”.