Series 2 - Lesson 2 - Annotation 18
What is meant by "asking in His name"?
18. "Asking in His name" is asking in the nature of the indwelling Christ, the I AM identity. It is asking in the consciousness of the power that the name Jesus Christ carries. It is asking in the "fulness of the Godhead bodily" (Col. 2:9 A.V.). It is asking in the consciousness that all that is in Jesus Christ is in us, awaiting our recognition and acceptance.
"The name Jesus Christ has come to represent all that God is, expressed in and through man. However, speaking the name is more than the use of just two words — it is the actual expression of the I AM (or Son of God) nature which Jesus manifested" (How I Used Truth Lesson 3 Annotation 6).
"Asking in His name" makes us conscious of the power of the spoken word to give definite form to ideas. Ideas that remain unexpressed in the invisible are not of much value as blessings for manifest man on earth. "Asking in His name," speaking the word, clothes an idea in form and enables the blessings to come from the unformed into the formed realm. It opens the door between our soul and our spirit, and good flows into our life in the form required to fill any need. "Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him" (Rev. 3:20).
Preceding Entry: Through whom are the divine attributes, or ideas, brought into expression and manifestation?
Following Entry: Explain how our bodies are transformed.