Praying in Jesus’ name is something I’ve done from childhood. Why? Because I heard my parents, my Sunday school teachers, youth leaders, and pastor end their prayers with, “In Jesus name, amen,” so I followed suit.
I’ve been guilty of rattling off these words without much thought to their significance. It has done me good to pause and to ask, “Why is praying in Jesus’ name important, anyway?”
Here’s the thought that comes to mind in answer to that question: We pray in Jesus’ name because it encompasses His character, authority and reputation.
Jesus is God incarnate. He conquers death, overcomes evil, and transforms lives. He grants sight to the blind and enables the lame to leap and dance. In His name, the mute sing and the deaf hear. Broken bodies are healed, and broken hearts find hope.
There is no name higher than the name of Jesus. No name possessing greater authority. No name more reputable.Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name. (Philippians 2:9 ESV)
Praying in Jesus’ name releases His power.
Here are a few examples of prayers I pray often. Becoming more mindful of the power of Jesus’ name has helped me bring these requests to God with greater confidence.
- “Heavenly Father, a friend fighting cancer is losing hope. Surround and fill her with a sense of Your presence and peace. Have mercy on her and heal her body and soul, please. I ask You this in Jesus’ name, amen.”
- “Dear Lord, the world seems to be going crazy. Amidst heart-stopping news broadcasts, rise up and show Yourself strong. Rush to the rescue of the innocent suffering around the world. Conquer evil once for all. I ask You this in Jesus’ name, amen.”
- “Oh God, my children and grandchildren are growing up in a society that gives You little regard. Protect them from the evil one, and teach them Your ways so they can shine as lights in the darkness. I ask You this in Jesus’ name, amen.”
Because of who Jesus is, praying in His name gives us faith to believe that God will hear and answer in a way that is completely right and in the right timing. It bolsters our confidence to expect the impossible and fills us with expectant watchfulness.
What concerns are on your heart today? Turn them into a prayer, and bring them to God in Jesus’ name—the name that is above every name on heaven and on earth.
Take a few minutes to listen to this song by Katy Nichole. I know it will bless you today.
How reassuring to know that Jesus is interceding for us. I read somewhere that Jesus is pleading our case before our heavenly Father, like a defense lawyer. I need all the help I can get! Thank you, Jesus! And thank you, Grace, for always writing and sharing stories that we can all relate to. You are a blessing to me.
I find it so very encouraging, too, to know that Jesus intercedes for us, and He prays according to the Father’s will. He is our advocate, so that is like a defense lawyer. Good analogy! We’re in good hands. Always.
Know you are loved, my friend.