Why do we pray in Jesus name?

In Jesus name.

My eyes look over the words I’ve so carelessly prayed so for so many years. As a child, we are trained to pray in Jesus name as if it’s a magic formula. If you don’t beat the eggs before you add them to the pancakes, the pancakes will be flat. If you don’t pray in Jesus name, God won’t hear you.

Baloney. God isn’t sitting in heaven drumming his fingers and saying, “I got you! I’m not going to help you because you didn’t pray right!” When we pray in Jesus name – it’s like the king’s wax seal on the envelope.  The seal signifies power and authority.

There is power in Jesus name. If I come to God in my own name – I have nothing to stand on. I am a sinner who can’t do enough to make up for all the wrong I’ve done. It’s through the blood of Jesus I am clean. I am not only permitted but encouraged to approach the throne of grace so I can find help in my time of need.

If I come to God in my own name – I have nothing to stand on. I can’t do enough to make amends for all the wrong I’ve done. It’s through the blood of Jesus I am made clean. God not only permits us but encourages us to approach the throne of grace so we can find help in our time of need.

When I pray in Jesus name, I am acknowledging my position and show dependence on Jesus. God sees me through the blood of Jesus. I am clean; I am forgiven, I am a child of God. The resurrection power is alive in me. In Jesus Name.

 

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kellygriffiths
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I appreciate this post. When I pray in my mind, I don’t think I invoke the name of Jesus and I should. Not because it’s a recipe (nice analogy), but to remind myself from where the power comes. His name is truly beautiful as is He. Love the evolution of your voice. I feel we’re sitting over coffee…

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