Jesus said, “Whatever you ask in my name, this I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask me anything in my name, I will do it (John 14:13-14).”
Praying in Jesus name means so much more than a hashtag at the end of our prayers. Jesus is much more than a closing thought in our ‘Dear Santa’ letter to God. In order to truly receive what Jesus promises in these verses, we must understand what he means by praying in his name.
First, praying in Jesus’ name means to pray within his character. When we approach a person (Father God) in the name of someone else (Jesus), we approach the person within the character of the one whose name is being used. To pray in Jesus’ name means first and foremost to pray with his nature, desires, and purpose. Praying in Jesus’ name means praying as a child of God.
Second, we must speak from the authority given to Jesus. Kenneth Hagin once said, “The value of authority comes from the force behind it.” When a police officer tells someone to stop in the name of the law, the individual does not stop because of the man or his vocal range but because of the authority that is backing his statement. Praying in Jesus’ name means praying with blessing of God.
Third, we pray as a representative of Jesus. As a representative of Jesus, it is pivotal that we honor the one we represent. Jesus surrendered his will to that of the Father and allowed the Spirit to guide him over the flesh he was living in. (See last week’s blog for more thought on this.) Praying in Jesus’ name means to be a tangible example of Jesus’ life.
Praying in Jesus’ name means praying to God as his child would. It means owning what we have been given and representing the one we are speaking in the name of, who is Jesus. Praying in Jesus name has nothing to do with those three words, but everything to do with a relationship to the one who has that name. There is so much power in the name of Jesus, but it is worthless to us if we do not know the one behind the name.
I encourage you this week as you pray to make the decision to pray within the character of Jesus, under the authority of Jesus, and as a representative of Jesus. It’s when we ask God from this position that there would be no reason for our prayers to be denied. Praying in Jesus’ name opens you up to receive anything you ask for in prayer.
Pastor Zac Breckenridge