Praying in Jesus Name
Praying in Jesus Name. It is a good thing, when
preparing to pray, to give attention to the words of Jesus which state,
'And whatsoever you ask in My Name that will I do, that the Father may
be glorified in the Son.
If you shall ask anything in My Name I will do it' (John
14.13-14). What does Praying in Jesus Name really mean?
It means more than just attaching the formula to the end
of our prayers and saying, 'This I ask in Jesus Name' for, quite
clearly, the formula could easily be attached to prayers that are
crudely and utterly selfish.
It means praying according to the character of Christ,
or praying prayers that He would pray if He were in our shoes. God can
only answer prayer if the prayer is in accord with the spirit of Jesus
Don't try to get God to do anything that is not Christ
like. He just won't do it. In fact, He can't do it for it is impossible
for God to do anything that is against His own nature.
Praying in Jesus Name is not trying to get God to do
our will, but it is the bringing of our will into line with God's will.
When we are praying in Jesus Name, we are asking that we
might be so caught up in the spirit of Christ, whose sole aim, you
remember, was to do the will of His Father, that we will pray the kind
of prayers that puts God's will as the highest priority in our lives,
even though it may run counter to our own plans and desires.
There are some petitions we present to God of which if
we were to stop and ask ourselves: 'Can I be certain this is what He
really wants?' we would have to say, in all honesty, 'I don't know'. At
such times we can safely leave the outcome to God and say 'If it be thy
Concerning many things, however, no shadow of doubt
remains. We know God's will. We know that He desires the salvation of
lost souls. We know that He wants to give us health of spirit, soul and
We know that He wants to give us love, joy, peace, etc.
To wonder about these things is to wonder about something we ought
never to wonder about at all. When we are praying in Jesus Name, We
The more we soak ourselves in the principles of
scripture the more we will know what prayers we can offer by praying in
Jesus Name and for which we can rightfully press our claims.
In the early days of my Christian experience, before I
knew Scripture as I know it today, I found that my prayer life was
filled with petitions for things. I prayed for money, for clothes, for
a car, for books, and a whole host of other articles.
Now however, I pray less and less for things and more
and more to know God. I have an increasing conviction (as I said
earlier) that the more I ask God for Himself, for the assurance that my
will and His are not at cross-purposes, that we are in agreement on all
major and minor matters, then I will get all the things I need.
Kagawa, the great Japanese Christian, when asked to give
his definition of prayer, answered in one word - 'Surrender'.
He was right. It is the surrender of our selfish desires
in order that we might lock into God's desires - the giving up of self
interest in order to find an eternal interest.
Prayer is the will to die on the level of an empty
selfish, defeated, ineffective, short-circuited life, and the will to
live on the level of a victorious, full, effective and abundant life.
It is self denunciation to find self-realization.
Praying in Jesus Name is the wire surrendering to the dynamo; the
flower surrendering to the sun; the child .surrendering to education; a
branch surrendering to the vine.
If we fear to surrender our wills to God in the event He
might deprive us of something we feel is beneficial to us, or that we
might lose our ambition, then we are greatly mistaken.
A branch if not surrendered to the vine, but cut off and
on its own is not free, or fulfilled, but dead.
A person who doesn't surrender to God isn't free; he is
futile. He is like a blind man, with cataracts, who won't surrender his
blindness to a surgeon in order to sec. He is free - to remain blind.
Learn, therefore that, praying in Jesus Name, is praying
in the spirit of Jesus Christ. Prayers that are under girded by
Biblical principles. Prayers that put God first and self second.
Prayers that Jesus would pray if He were in your shoes.
To pray such prayers will not demean your personality but direct it -
to God's ends.
It is not a passive surrender but, as someone described
it - 'alert passivity'. It is a passivity that awakens the whole being
to the right kind of activity. The surrender is but a step to real
Praying in Jesus Name, Listen for God's Voice.