“This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us.” 1 John 5:14
“In Jesus’ name I pray, amen.” This is how most people close their prayers. It is how I close mine. But how many of us truly understand what it means to pray in the name of Jesus? Jesus – God incarnate. God’s only begotten and beloved Son. The Lamb of God who was slain for our sins. Messiah. King. Humble servant. Risen Lord. Jesus. His name is not like any other name. It is holy…set apart and above every other name. His name is the name that one day every knee will bow to and every tongue will confess as Lord over all. Such a name should never be spoken halfheartedly or without reverence – even at the end of a prayer.
So what does it mean to pray in the name of Jesus? First, I will tell you what it does not mean. It does not mean that we are trying to get Jesus on our side. In fact, it means just the opposite. It means that we are getting on His side. It is the act of aligning our will and desires with God’s will and desires. When we pray in Jesus’ name, we are surrendering our will to His will.
When we pray in the name of Jesus, we also agree with His purpose. It is as if we are praying what we believe Jesus would be praying. We are asking God to do what we believe Jesus would ask God to do. What did Jesus pray when He was on the earth? He prayed that God would grant Him the strength to accomplish the mission for which He had been sent. He prayed for His followers. He prayed for the sick, the poor, and the outcasts. He prayed that God’s Kingdom would come and His will would be done on earth. How many of us are praying these types of prayers?
“In Jesus’ Name” might be our most powerful weapon as children of God. That name brings power. That name brings healing. That name brings forgiveness, mercy, and grace. That name brings true and lasting freedom. That name brings salvation and new life. Jesus – the greatest name in the history of the world, and it is ours to claim in prayer. What an honor. What a privilege. What a responsibility. Let us use it wisely.
Dear God, Thank You for the privilege of praying in Jesus’ name. Please forgive me for the times that I haven prayed in His name without truly meaning it. Help me to always remember what it means to pray in His name. Today, I surrender my will to Yours.
In Jesus” Name, Amen.