"You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it." NIV
"If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it." KJV
If a teenager from down the street came knocking at our door and asked us to give him a car so he wouldn't have to walk, would we gladly get a car and give it to him? Of course not. He isn't one of our children and we are not responsible for him. It is the same with God when He says He will give us whatever we ask in His name. He is talking to His children. Those who have given their hearts and lives to Him. Nominal Christians and the unsaved call on God when they are in trouble. When they don't get what they ask for, they are insulted and blame God. But they are not His children and He is not responsible to keep His promises to them.
Heavenly Father, how grateful we are for Your endless mercy to us, Your children, and that we can come to You with our petitions and You hear us and supply our every need. We ask that You will use us as Your witnesses, so that those who are not Your children will see the Light and join Your family so they can receive Your promises too. In Jesus' name we pray, Amen.
Bobbi Craigmyle, Psy.D., BCPCC