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We all finish our prayers with “in Jesus’ name.” I was struck by someone I prayed with last year when the person emphasised this in his prayer. So why do we do this and what does it mean?

Praying in Jesus’ name is taught in John 14:13–14. Some people think it is like sprinkling a little fairy dust to your prayers. But that thought is unbiblical.

We pray in Jesus’ name for several reasons:

  1. If it was not for Jesus, we would not be able to pray. It is because of his work on earth, on the cross, in the grave, and his position with the Father that we can pray.
  2. It means that we pray with the authority of Jesus.
  3. We can pray with confidence that God the Father hears our prayer.
  4. We pray according to the will of the Father (1 John 5:14–15).
  5. It should move our hearts and thoughts in thinking while we pray, praying for things that will bring glory to God.

We need to think before and while we pray. Can I add “in Jesus’ name” to the prayer that I just prayed? We should be moved by the purpose of the prayer, praying for things that are in agreement with God’s word. This is the essence of praying “in Jesus’ name.” It is to pray truth and to bring glory to our God.

Let’s learn to pray together in Jesus’ name.