“Truly, truly, I say to you, whatever you ask of the Father in my name, he will give it to you. Until now, you have asked nothing in my name. Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full.” ~John 16:23-24
In Jesus’ name.
I end every prayer with those three words, but what does it really mean to pray in Jesus’ name?
The Lord really showed me two things this morning.
First, to pray in Jesus’ name means I’m acknowledging that the only way to the Father is through Jesus. If I want a path to him, if I want access to him, that only comes through Jesus.
Second, praying in Jesus’ name indicates obedience to his will for my life. If I’m asking something in the name of Jesus, then it should be something that he himself would ask for as well.
So praying in Jesus’ name is really a full acknowledgement of his work on the cross and full obedience to his will for my life.
That’s a LOT in three little words.
And today, the Lord hit me with some hard to hear truth when he asked me, “Are you really praying in Jesus’ name? Or are you praying in Stephanie’s name?
The truth is that I pray for my own will a lot more than I care to admit. And even though I would never end a prayer with “In MY name,” that’s exactly what my heart is really saying.
I’m never going to experience full joy that way. Full joy happens when I pray in Jesus’ name. Full joy happens when I live in light of Jesus’ work on the cross, go to God in prayer for what I need, and stay within his will for my life.
Lord, please help me experience full joy by living my life this way.
In Jesus’ name.