When Jesus said to ask “In His Name”, does this mean we are to ever command God?
Here is the Bible clarification: John 14:13 And whatsoever ye shall ask (require) in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it.
Jesus said that.
Then Peter and John actually did it first with the cripple at the beautiful gate: “In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk. And he took him by the right hand and lifed him up; and immediately his feet and ankle bones received strength…” (Acts ch.3)
Notice that Peter and John did exactly what Jesus said to do. They commanded something to happen, in the earth, in the name of Jesus. And it happened. That means that Jesus did what He said He’d do. Peter and John did not command Jesus; they commanded the man.
Jesus is not saying to command Him around like a little puppet. We don’t command God. We either request of God as John 16:23 says (Anthing you ask the Father in my name…). Or we demand something in the earth to change. We’re not demanding God. We’re commanding the problem to do something. We’re ‘speaking to the mountain.’ Jesus said to “say to the mountain,” whatever it is. We’re just doing what Jesus said to do, using the authority He gave us – in His name.
So, there are certain times that we are to ask God in Jesus name. And there are other times, just as Peter and John did, where we directly command the evil thing to leave or to change. But in no way are we disrespectfully commanding God. There is no scripture basis for that. However, what we find in this is that God gives us some true autonomy in getting things accomplished in this earth. And He has said that He’ll work with us and answer our requests.