"If you ask anything in My name, I will do it." John 14:14
Many people pray in Jesus' name without ever knowing what that really means. Does it mean something magical happens? Does it mean it's a legitimate prayer now?
Using Jesus' name has power - if you understand what using His name means.
1. Praying in Jesus' name implies that you have a biblical relationship with Him.
Using someone's credit card implies that they know and trust you.
Praying in Jesus' name implies that your relationship with Him is biblical - not social or politically correct, but based on biblical truth. You may think you have a good relationship with Jesus simply because you like the things He said or you have a Jesus T-shirt. But a biblical relationship means that you acknowledge him as your Savior; you acknowledge that everything else is garbage compared to knowing Him and would trade everything you have for Him.
Yet indeed I also count all things loss for the excellence of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them as rubbish . . . Philippians 3:8
In a biblical relationship with Jesus, you acknowledge that everything good about you is from Him.
In a biblical relationship with Jesus, you acknowledge that everything good about you is from Him. You identify with and accept the righteousness that God has given you and commit to spending your whole life trying to become what Christ has already deemed you are.
2. Praying in Jesus' name acknowledges Jesus as your only access to God.
Using someone's credit card implies that you have access to them. The teller should be able to say, "Let's call this person right now to verify that you know him. What's his phone number?"
You have access to God only because Jesus, the Son of God, died on the cross to forgive your sins and give you that access. You don't have access to God any other way - not by being a good person, not by believing in all faiths, not by just being positive, and not by believing whatever you want.
Jesus said to him, "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me. John 14:6
What does believing in Jesus mean? Walking with Jesus means you are the church.
Some people say, "I believe in Jesus, I just don't believe in reading the Bible or going to church and hanging out with all those hypocrites." So do you have to go to church to be a Christian? What does believing in Jesus mean? Walking with Jesus means you are the church. If you don't want to read the Bible and have relationships with other Christians, then you have no idea what believing in Jesus is all about.
3. Praying in Jesus' name means that you acknowledge the unique value of the Father's wealth.
Using someone's credit card implies that they can purchase something you cannot afford.
You go to the Father in Jesus' name because you realize there is no where else you can go to get what you are looking for. There are things that only God can give you. God created the earth, the heavens, the universe - everything; He can handle whatever your prayers are. Praying in Jesus' name acknowledges that God can do anything, and He is worth entrusting you whole life to Him. If you really believed this all the time, you would never worry, because you would always trust that He had it under control.
But Jesus looked at them and said to them, "With men, this is impossible, but with God, all things are possible." Matthew 19:26
4. Praying in Jesus' name acknowledges your right to blessings assigned to you.
Using someone's credit card implies that you have been given permission for a specific purchase.
You are praying in Jesus' name to say, "God, I am really only asking for what You have assigned to me. I would love to have this, this, and this, but in Jesus' name, if You don't want me to have it, that's okay."
You don't want to walk through doors that God hasn't prepared for you. They can lead to hurt, sorrow, and struggles beyond comprehension. Alternatively, what he wants for you is really good. Better, in fact, than what you want for yourself. There are blessings, opportunities, and ministry waiting just for you.
You don't want to walk through doors that God hasn't prepared for you. They can lead to hurt, sorrow, and struggles beyond comprehension.
For we are God's workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. Ephesians 2:10
5. Praying in Jesus' name assumes you have credible identification.
Using someone's credit card implies that you can pass the identity check. A teller would ask to see your identification to prove you are the entrusted person.
"Not everyone who says to Me, 'Lord, Lord,' shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. Many will say to Me in that day, 'Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?' And then I will declare to them, 'I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!'" Matthew 7:21-23
You can pray in Jesus' name all the time and still have Jesus say to you, "I never knew you." To have the Lord acknowledge you, you must understand and accept who He really is, have a biblical relationship with Him, have access to Him, acknowledge His value, and accept His will for you.