Praying “in the name of Jesus”

Christians often end their prayers with words like this: “We ask this in the name of Jesus.” Why do we do that? Because the Lord Jesus Christ commands us to pray in his name. 

 


 

The Lord Jesus Christ commands us to pray in his name. And he promises to do what we ask.

However, some Christians see this awesome promise as a sort of magical incantation, as a way to get God to do their bidding. That is self-centered.

 


 

John 14:13. Whatever you will ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.

John 14:14. If you will ask anything in my name, I will do it.

John 15:16. You didn’t choose me, but I chose you, and appointed you, that you should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should remain; that whatever you will ask of the Father in my name, he may give it to you.

John 16:23. In that day you will ask me no questions. Most certainly I tell you, whatever you may ask of the Father in my name, he will give it to you.

John 16:24. Until now, you have asked nothing in my name. Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be made full.

John 16:26. In that day you will ask in my name; and I don’t say to you, that I will pray to the Father for you,

 

Psalm 66:18. If I cherished sin in my heart, the Lord wouldn’t have listened.

 


Unless otherwise noted, all Bible quotations on this page are from the World English Bible and the World Messianic Edition. These translations have no copyright restrictions. They are in the Public Domain.


 

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