Praying in Jesus’ Name

By Mark King

Truly, truly, I tell you, whatever you ask the Father in My name, He will give you. John 16:23b

For some people, praying in Jesus’ name simply means tacking a phrase on at the end of a prayer: “We pray this in Jesus’ name, Amen.” Some may even think it is improper to pray without repeating that phrase at the end of a prayer.

To pray, or make a request, in the name of someone else, is to ask that your request be granted, not because you deserve it, but because of your relationship with the one in whose name you are making the request.

I would like to share a couple of examples from my life that may make it a little easier to understand. My father died this past March, and I shared these two experiences at his funeral.

My first car was a 1971 VW Squareback. It was seventeen years old when I bought it and it was the first and last car that I was able to work on by myself or with my dad’s help. By the time I bought my next car, everything was computerized so I didn’t dare tinker with anything. It seems like I was always working on that car.

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