Praying “in Jesus’ name”

John 16:23-24, “And in that day you will ask Me nothing. Most assuredly, I say to you, whatever you ask the Father in My name He will give you. Until now you have asked nothing in My name. Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full.

Ephesians 5:20, “giving thanks always for all things to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ”

JP: Some thoughts from Pastor Chris Anderson on praying “in Jesus’ name”:

START Your Prayers “In Jesus’ Name” (1 of 2)


The point of praying in Jesus’ name is that we are able to claim the privileges which rightly belong to Him alone. We are able to “come boldly to the throne of grace” (Heb 4:14-16) because of the righteousness of Christ imputed to us, the blood of Christ shed for us, and the High Priesthood of Christ whereby He represents us. What an amazing thought! Whereas even the godliest of OT saints were excluded from the holy of holies under the Old Covenant, the NT believer is able to come directly into the presence of the thrice holy God with boldness—not because of our own righteousness, but because of Christ! That is precisely what it means to pray “in Jesus’ name,” whether or not we utter the phrase. Indeed, it is far more important that we understand the truth behind the words than that we actually say them, especially when most of us say them thoughtlessly.

START Your Prayers “In Jesus’ Name” (2 of 2)


I believe that many believers struggle when praying—or simply avoid praying—because they feel unworthy. They’re more aware of their sin than of God’s grace. A very dear friend recently shared this perspective with me: “Who am I, that God should bother listening to me?”

We believe that we’re welcome at the throne of grace (ironically named, no?) because we’ve earned access by our goodness. We likewise believe that we’re excluded from the throne of grace because we’ve forfeited access by our badness. Thank the Lord that we’re wrong on both counts!Our access into the presence of God is based entirely on the Lord Jesus Christ, whether on our worst day or our best.

Comment: Image is Grace by Enstrom. For the interesting history of “Grace by Enstrom” click here.

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