In Jesus’ Name We Pray
Jesus tells us in John 14:13 -14 that “Whatever you ask in my name, this I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. Ask me anything in my name, I will do it” That is an amazing promise. That is a promise every believer wants to take advantage of, certainly. But what does it mean to pray in Jesus’ name?
In fellowships and prayer closets all over the world, prayers are ended with the phrase “In Jesus’ Name we pray.” Is this what Jesus meant when He promised to answer all of our prayers made in His name? Is it true that all we need to do in order to lay claim to this promise is to merely say we are asking in Jesus name? Is the secret to an effectual prayer life simply to repeat this incantation? No, it isn’t.
Praying in Jesus’ name means to pray in keeping with His character, in keeping with His will. And what is His will? His will is that God the Father be glorified. And if we are indeed praying in accordance with His character and will, is it necessary to repeat this chant in order for the Father to recognize that we are praying in Jesus’ name, in His will? If God is exactly Who He says He is, if His promises are true, does He not hear our prayers? Does He not know our heart’s desire? Does He not know our motivation? Yes, He does.
So then, saying “In Jesus’ name” at the end of a prayer is meaningless if we have not actually prayed in accordance with His will and character. So let’s be careful not to reduce His great name to something like an incantation and therefore take the Lord’s name in vain. (Matthew 6:7)