What Does It Mean To Pray In Jesus Name?
To pray in Jesus name means to come to God based on the authority of Jesus. We cannot come to God on our own. Our sins separate us from God and make it impossible to come to Him. As it says in Romans 6:23, “For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
When we come to God in prayer in Jesus name, we are coming to Him based on what Jesus has done for us. He is our Mediator, our Advocate, and our High Priest. He is the one who makes it possible for us to approach God. As it says in John 14:6, “Jesus said to him, ‘I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.'”
1 Timothy 2:5 says, “For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.”
When we pray in Jesus name, we are coming to God based on what Jesus has done for us. Jesus is the one who clears the way for us to come to God. He is our mediator. We are not coming to God based on our own righteousness or our own works. We are coming to him based on the righteousness and work of Jesus Christ.
Why Do We Pray In Jesus Name?
We Pray In Jesus Name Because He Is Our Forgiveness
The first reason we pray in Jesus name is because He is our forgiveness. When we sin, we are separated from God. Our sins block us off from His presence. We can’t come to Him on our own because of our sin.
But when we pray in Jesus name, we are coming to Him based on the fact that Jesus died for our sins and took the punishment we deserve. He is our forgiveness. As it says in Colossians 1:14, “In whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.”
We Pray In Jesus Name Because He Is Our Righteousness
The second reason we pray in Jesus name is because He is our righteousness. When we sin, we are not righteous. We are unrighteous. Our sin makes us unrighteous before God.
But when we come to God in prayer in Jesus name, we are coming to Him based on the fact that Jesus is righteous. His righteousness is imputed to us. As it says in 2 Corinthians 5:21, “For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.”
Jesus took our sin and we receive His righteousness. This is why we can come to God in prayer in Jesus name.
Jesus Intercedes For Us
We also pray in Jesus name is because He is our intercessor. An intercessor is someone who goes between two parties. When we sin, we are separated from God. We can’t approach Him on our own. We need someone to go between us and God, to intercede for us.
And that’s exactly what Jesus does. He intercedes for us. He stands in the gap. He represents us before God. In Romans 8:34 it says, “Who is to condemn? Christ Jesus is the one who died—more than that, who was raised—who is at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding for us.”
This is an amazing truth. We have a Savior who represents us before God. He stands in the gap. He pleads our case. He is our intercessor.
Jesus Christ Is Our Mediator
Additionally, Jesus is the mediator between us and God. A mediator is someone who stands between two parties to help them come to an agreement. When we sin, we are separated from God. We can’t come to Him on our own because of our sin. We need someone to mediate between us and God, and that’s exactly what Jesus does.
As it says in 1 Timothy 2:5, “For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.”
He is the bridge between us and God. He helps us come to an agreement with God. He reconciles us to God. This is why we can pray in Jesus name. Because He is our mediator.
Jesus Is Our Great High Priest
In Hebrews we are told that Jesus is our Great High Priest. It says, “Now the point in what we are saying is this: we have such a high priest, one who is seated at the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in heaven, a minister in the holy places, in the true tent that the Lord set up, not man” (Hebrews 8:1-2).
A high priest was someone in the Old Testament who represented the people before God. He would offer sacrifices on their behalf and intercede for them. And that’s what Jesus does for us. He represents us before God as our Great High Priest.
We can pray in Jesus name because He stands between us and God as our Great High Priest.
We’re Claiming Jesus Died To Give Us
Praying in Jesus name is claiming the things that Jesus died to give us. When Jesus died on the cross, He purchased our forgiveness, righteousness, peace, and eternal life. He bought these things for us with His blood.
And when we pray in Jesus name, we are claiming these things. We are coming to God based on the fact that Jesus died for us and purchased these things for us. When we pray in the name of Jesus we are claiming all that Jesus died to give us.
We Plead The Blood Of Christ Over Our Lives
When we pray in Jesus name, we are also pleading the blood of Christ over our lives. The blood of Christ is powerful. It cleanses us from all sin and unrighteousness (1 John 1:7). It gives us power over Satan (Revelations 12:11). It protects us from evil (Ephesians 6:12).
We are coming to God and asking Him to cover us with the blood of Christ. We are asking Him to cleanse us from all sin, protect us from evil, and give us power over Satan.
It’s A Declaration Of Dependence On Jesus
Praying in the name of Christ is a declaration of our dependence upon the Lord. We are declaring that we cannot do anything on our own. We need Jesus to do for us what we can’t do for ourselves. We need Jesus’ help. We need His strength. We need His power.
We are coming to Jesus and admitting that we need Him. This honors Jesus. He is pleased when we admit that we need Him.
In Jesus Name, We Claim The Promises Of God
The Apostle Paul tells us that all of God’s promises find their “yes and amen” in Jesus. This means that all of God’s promises are available to us through Christ. We can’t claim these promises based on our own goodness and merit. We claim these promises through the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus on our behalf.
And when we pray in Jesus name, we are claiming the promises of God for our lives. We are coming to God and asking Him to fulfill His promises in our lives.
Praying In Jesus Name Is A Statement Of Faith In Who Jesus Is
When we pray in the name of Jesus, we are making a statement of faith in who Jesus is. We are declaring that Jesus is Lord, and that He has the power to answer our prayers. We are believing that He can do what He says He can do. We are also saying that we are confident that we can come to God without fear or shame through Jesus.
This is an act of faith. And it pleases God when we have faith in Him. Jesus told His disciples that if they asked in faith, their prayers would be answers. In Matthew 21:22, Jesus says, “And whatever you ask in prayer, you will receive, if you have faith.”
It’s A Prayer That God Always Hears
The Bible tells us that when we pray in Jesus name, our prayers are always heard by God. It says, “This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us” (1 John 5:14).
This means that when we pray in the name of Jesus, our prayers are in accordance with God’s will. And because they are in accordance with His will, He hears them and answers them. It doesn’t mean that God will necessarily give us what we pray for. He is sovereign and always gives us what is best, not necessarily what we want. But because we are praying in Jesus name we can be sure that God will hear our prayers and give us what we need.
It’s A Statement Of Submission To God’s Will
When we pray in the name of Jesus, we are also making a statement of submission to God’s will. We are saying that we are willing to do whatever He wants us to do. We are saying that we trust Him and His plan for our lives. And we are asking Him to lead us and guide us in the path that He has chosen for us.
This is an act of humility. And it is an act of obedience. It is also an act of trust. We are saying to God that we trust Him and His plan for our lives.