Praying in Jesus’ name

In that day, you won’t ask me anything. I assure you that the Father will give you whatever you ask in my name. Up to now, you have asked nothing in my name. Ask and you will receive so that your joy will be complete. ~John 16:23-24 (CEB)

Here we find in John 16:23-24 another one of those Biblical truths that we learn but might not think about the truth behind the words. I was taught as a child to end my prayers “in Jesus’ name” I was taught to ask for what I needed in Jesus’s name but I haven’t really thought about what I am doing when I mimic my upbringing. This scripture tells me that when I pray to God using His name He answers me. What this means is that I have been given authority in His name.

The exciting part about this is that when we pray using God’s authority, it is as if He was saying the prayer. That is some powerful stuff! It is almost too awesome to think that when I am saying my payers it is as if God is saying them Himself! That should give me confidence in my prayers. Not only does God know what is in my heart, not only does He hear me when I pray, but when I pray it’s as if He has said the prayer Himself! This gives me a new perspective on the power of prayer.

This perspective on prayer gives me new meaning to prayer. Prayer is powerful. No longer will I think when the situation is bigger than me, “well, all I can do is pray”. Now I can see how it is the most powerful thing I can do. It isn’t a last resort; it should be my first step of action.

Heavenly Father, may my prayers be more confident knowing that you not only know my heart, hear me speak, but that you are right there praying with me.  In times of great need may I remember the simplicity of calling out in the powerful name of Jesus. Amen.

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