John 14:13-14. “Whatever you ask in my name, this I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask me anything in my name I will do it.” A promise staggering and far reaching in its implications. And … ??
It does have a caveat – two actually!! This doesn’t minimise the power of the words of Jesus but it does direct them – like water through a pipe, as water can flood left to its own devices. He isn’t saying you can glibly demand of God using a formula of, “in Jesus’ name” for whatever strikes your fancy. It would hardly be bringing ‘glory to the Father and the Son’ if any and every prayer were answered. What a world that would be – or not be – depending on who was praying what, when.
“In Jesus name” isn’t merely a power formula, as some have supposed. It certainly has that aspect, and is an expression of great power.
“In my name,” is a caveat, as is “that the Father may be glorified in the Son.” “In my name,” refers equally to us being “in Christ” in obedience and faith, lifestyle and attitude. “In my name,” also refers to in his purposes, in his spirit, in his word, in his truth. This directs our prayer along a pathway of power rather than a pathway of dissipation. It probably doesn’t refer to asking for vengeance, or the Lotto numbers for the ‘big one,’ nor for your boss to not notice your continued absence from work because you are praying at home.
A caveat does limit in some ways, but it has a better outcome in others. It may be better to not think of ‘limit’ and more of ‘direct/empower.’
Keep Praying. God is always greater than our understanding, or our misunderstandings, as the case may be.