Why Pray In The Name of Jesus?

Question: “Why pray in the name of Jesus? What is the cause and effect of praying in Jesus’ name?”

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Christians often add “in Jesus Name” at the conclusion of a prayer in the same way they add a period at the end of sentence.  They give no consideration to the fact that it is only through Jesus they can approach the Father in heaven with their prayers.  No one comes to the Father except through me (John 14:6), and their prayer is presented to the Father through our advocate, Jesus.  But if anybody does sin, we have an advocate with the Father – Jesus Christ, the Righteous One (1 John 2:1).

Depending on the type of prayer, it is only through the authority of Jesus that we can caste off Satan’s attacks and claim healing.

To ask "in Jesus’ name" simply means "in" or "with" His authority.  Jesus has given believers His spiritual "power of attorney" to use His authority.  However, saying “in Jesus’ name” is not a magic formula if what we ask for in prayer is not for God’s glory and in accordance with His will.

Praying in Jesus’ name must include recognizing who the name represents – the Son of God, and our Lord and Savior. It means using the name of Jesus reverently. When we pray in Jesus’ name, we have the privilege to pray in His authority and to ask God the Father to act upon our prayer requests because we come in the place of and the name of His Son, Jesus.

…and every tongue should openly acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord to the glory of God the Father (Philippians 2:11).

What does it mean when we come in anyone’s name?  It means to act by proxy, on the authority of another, to be their representative, ambassador, to act in their place. As their representative, we have all the power and authority to do those things they has given us authority over.

When we pray in the name of Jesus, it means we are acting in His place.  When we pray in the name of Jesus, we need to recall that we are coming in the power and authority of Jesus, as His representative. How did Jesus pray?  He sought the will of the Father and not His own will.  And whatever we ask the Father, in His will, in the name of Jesus Christ, without doubting but believing, what we say we will receive.

Second Corinthians 1:20 tell us that all of God’s promises exist exclusively in the redeeming work of Christ.

For all the promises of God find their Yes in him. That is why it is through Christ that we utter our Amen to God for his glory.(2 Cor. 1:20)

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