Why Do We Pray In Jesus’ Name?
In case you were wondering (or your kids ask)
Why do we say: “In Jesus name I / we pray…” at the end of our prayers? Because, after Jesus rose from the dead, He gave this instruction: “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.”
John 14:13-14 NKJV
By the way, contrary to what “name-it-and-claim-it” people teach/believe, Jesus wasn’t saying “you can have anything you want if you ask ‘in My name’.” What He meant was that if we ask in accordance with our Heavenly Father’s will, and the mindset of Christ, then He will do it.” So what are some examples?
- praying for Him to grant someone repentance so they can receive the gospel & be saved
- praying for wisdom and discernment
- praying for deliverance from temptation
- praying for wisdom & boldness to preach the gospel, teach biblical doctrine, correct unbiblical error, etc.
- praying for healing
- praying for the right understanding and application of Scripture
- asking for help to forgive
- asking for help in time of need
- asking for help in knowing and doing His will
- asking for guidance in making a decision
Keep in mind that according to Jesus’ teaching on prayer, it’s more that just asking… it includes acknowledging our Father’s character & attributes, giving thanks for His provisions, being concerned about & petitioning Him in things concerning His kingdom, giving forgiveness, etc.