Typically while praying people end with the words, “In Jesus’ name.” It’s good to reflect on what our Lord said about this. Jesus said to the disciples, “‘I tell you the truth, my Father will give you whatever you ask in my name. Until now you have not asked for anything in my name. Ask and you will receive, and your joy will be complete.’” (John 16:23-24) But not everyone does this.
It’s important to remember that by asking in Jesus’ name we’re praying in accordance with His will and for the priorities that bring Jesus honor. It’s also important to remember that our prayers in His name identify us with the Son of God. We come to the Father in prayer as followers of Jesus. There’s a power in prayer that exceeds our imagination.
The hymn writer Phillips Brooks wrote, “Pray the largest prayers. You cannot think a prayer so large that God, in answering it, will not wish you had made it larger. Pray not for crutches but for wings.” The Bible reminds us that God is, “…able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us….” (Eph. 3:20) We may ask big!
Praying in Jesus’ name is neither a formula nor a password. It demonstrates both a submission to our exalted Savior and the intimate relationship we have with Him through the Father’s love that sent Jesus to be our Savior. There are some things I must remember about praying in Jesus’ name.
- We have salvation through His name alone. (Acts 4:12)
- We are to do all things in life in the name of Jesus. (Colossians 3:17)
- We’re to be ambassadors of Jesus Christ, the King. (II Corinthians 5:20)
- His is the name that is above all names. (Philippians 2:9)
- At His name every knee will bow and every tongue will confess Jesus is Lord (Philipp. 2:10-11)
Using the name of Jesus is a good practice for prayer. If it’s your habit to leave out Jesus’ name, remember, “Habit is overcome by habit.” (Thomas à Kempis) Begin today, and use His name throughout your prayers. Jesus said, “‘…I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Son may bring glory to the Father. You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it.’” (John 14:13-14) He wants us to have this habit! Let’s practice prayer in the name of Jesus!
Pastor Ken Atchison
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