Straight offer or exaggeration?

“Whatever you ask in My name, that will I do, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son.” (John 14:13, NASB)

How close we can come to calling GOD a liar can be illustrated by the way we weaken the force of this saying.

  • We never say, “We must have a clear conscience” following 1 John 3:21
  • We say, “We must be doing God’s will” to get what we ask for, meaning one must be sinless, following 1 John 3:21
  • We say, “we cannot ask for mere consumables”, taking a cue from James 4:2
  • We say, “We must ask in accordance with God’s will”; he will only give what is in his will

Does whatever mean whatever?