And whatever you ask in My name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask anything in My name, I will do it.
"I want to be a millionaire, in Jesus' name."
I wonder how many people have or will utter those words (or something like them)? I doubt I am the first to see this verse and wonder if people think, "Jesus, I sure would like a million dollars." Though, I guess I would have to ask for more because of inflation, but I digress.
To ask for something in Jesus' name is like asking for His approval... His authority... His blessing. Notice the goal of answered prayer, "That the Father may be glorified in the Son". James tells us that we have not because we ask not and we do not receive what we ask for because we want to use it for selfish pleasures and pursuits (James 4:2-3). I want a million dollars so I can have a cushy life and not have to work again, THE FATHER IS NOT GLORIFIED IN THAT.
Maybe we can spend more time praying for our sanctification (the daily refinement of our Christlikeness) than for our pleasures. Maybe we can pray for the things that bring the Father glory. That is a prayer the Lord will answer.