In that day you will ask in my name, and I do not say to you that I will ask the Father on your behalf; for the Father himself loves you, because you have loved me and have believed that I came from God. (John 16:26-27 ESV)
When we make requests “in Jesus’s name”, we are affirming our faith in him as the Son of God. These aren’t magical words to end our prayers hoping to get them answered. They are a declaration that Christ is King, that we love him, and we believe him.
This is what pleases God the Father because it is his plan that brings us back into a right relationship with him, which is through his Son. When we choose to accept his invitation of reconciliation, we are rewarded with the forgiveness of all our sins and eternal life. To be healed and made whole is what every person desires even if they don’t confess it. This is only accomplished by coming to the Lord and allowing him to restore us with his word and power.
But first thing’s first. Our Father wants us to understand how much he loves us. To step back and understand the work he has done to redeem us, by offering up Jesus as a sacrifice for our sins and then raising him back from the dead, is the foundation of Christian faith. He loved us when he mapped out this plan for redemption, and he continues to love us when we believe.
Now a man may think that God stops loving us if we reject him through unbelief. But that is not true because the Bible says nothing or no one “will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 8:39 ESV). It doesn’t matter how defiant or rotten we are; God will still love us.
This doesn’t mean he will stop us from making bad choices and experiencing consequences of our actions. He will love us through those periods of rebellion by keeping his arms open whenever we choose to come back to him, with a surrendered obedience and repentant heart. God’s love doesn’t change, and that should ever be more of the reason why we ask in Jesus’s name.