In Jesus’ Name I Pray

Have you ever noticed how we all seem to end our prayers with “In Jesus name I pray” and not really give it much thought as to exactly what that means? I know I have been guilty of that in the past. This morning a little contemplation on that has led me to think just what does it mean to pray in Jesus’s name? I’m sure we all know what it means but sometimes a little refresher can be a good thing. As I look to the scriptures for my answer I see we have been told by Jesus in John 16:23 that the Father will give us whatever we ask in Jesus’ name. Ask and you will receive that your joy may be complete He says in verse 24.

Does that mean if we just tack on in Jesus’ name I pray at the end of our prayer request that we are good to go? I’m going to go out on a limb here and say I think there is more to it than that. A little examination of the scriptures and I can see at least 3 criteria that must be met before a prayer is answered with a yes from God. Number 1 is what is the purpose of the prayer? Motivation of the heart is always God’s number one concern. I believe a look at Jesus’ words in John 14:12-14 gives us the answer to that question when He says “Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also; and greater works than these he will do, because I go to My Father. And whatever you ask in My name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask anything in My name, I will do it.” So the purpose of our prayer should always be to glorify God.

Number 2 and 3 are belief in Him, which gives you authority to pray in His name. If we do not believe in Him then no authority has been given us to use His name and 3 faith in His name. We see that is Acts 3:6-7 when Peter sees a lame man at the gate of the temple and when asked for alms says to the man “Silver and gold I do not have, but what I do have I give you: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk.” And he took him by the right hand and lifted him up, and immediately his feet and anklebones received strength. In Acts 3:16 just a few verses below we read as Peter explains to the people “By faith in the name of Jesus, (In His will, His authority and His character) this man whom you see and know was made strong. It is Jesus’ name that has completely healed him, as you can all see.” Here is Peter showing belief in Jesus, faith in His name and giving glory to God. We will always find these criteria being met in a prayer that is answered by God.

Just a few chapters later in Acts 19 we see some Jews trying to do as they had seen Paul do but they lacked the motivation to glorify God. They also lacked belief in Jesus and faith in His name therefore they lacked the authority to do so and we see the results in Acts 19:13-16 Then some of the itinerant Jewish exorcists took it upon themselves to call the name of the Lord Jesus over those who had evil spirits, saying “We exorcise you by the Jesus whom Paul preaches.” Also there were seven sons of Sceva, a Jewish chief priest, who did so. And the evil sprit answered and said, “Jesus I know, and Paul I know; but who are you?” Then the man in who the evil spirit was leaped on them, overpowered them and prevailed against them, so that they fled out of that house naked and wounded.

Clearly they did not believe in or have faith in the name of Jesus nor did they want to glorify God in any way shape or form. Therefore they could not stand in His authority or character and it didn’t work out so well for them. lol

Every instance where the name of Jesus is used in Acts it is to glorify God by a believer who has been given the power of attorney so to speak to use the name of Jesus in all His authority and character and by His will.  So just tacking that phrase on the end of our prayer does not guarantee an answer from God but with a motive to glorify God, believing in Him and having faith in the power and authority of Him and His name and knowing who He is and what His will is and understanding the power and authority we stand in when we pray in His name those are the prayers that will find an answer from God.

Oh by the way if you are a believer then you also have been given that power and authority. Use it in the Authority of His name for His glory and watch what happens. ;)

Thank you Father for teaching me. I so need it every single day. ;)





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