“At that time you won’t need to ask me for anything. I tell you the truth, you will ask the Father directly, and he will grant your request because you use my name.” – John 16:23 New Living Translation
Here we have the words of Jesus, and He tells us that we are to produce good fruit, or good results, as we live here on the earth. He also says that we can now ask for what we need directly from the Father and that we will get what is necessary because we pray in the name of Jesus.
It is not so much that these words “in the name of Jesus,” provide a magical power to our prayers as if we can only say the phrase at the end of the prayer, and God is then obligated to do whatever we ask. Understand that praying for things that are in agreement with God’s will is the essence of praying in Jesus’ name.
Praying in Jesus' name means the same thing as praying according to the will of God:
Praying in Jesus’ name is praying for things that will honor and glorify Jesus. When we ask in the name of Jesus, it means that God the Father accepts our prayers in the same way a prayer from Jesus Himself would have been accepted! That is pretty amazing! Doesn’t that give you more confidence that your prayers will be answered?
It is so sad to see many Christians don’t get the help they need from heaven because they have not read or understood these great promises! It is all right there, within reach, if only they will know it, believe it, and act on it. The question is, will you?
- Go ahead and talk to God about your needs and concerns, and don’t forget to end your prayer time by stating that you ask these things in the name of Jesus.
- When you ask in the name of Jesus, according to the will of God, the Father wants to bless your request with a resounding, “Yes!”
Excerpted from The Daily Christian: Prayer by Iann Schonken: