in His name

Posted Tuesday, April 6, 2010, at 9:31 AM
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  • "We religious types like to include in our prayers "in Jesus name." Most prayers tend to be learned behavior, and this is something we just learned to say along with "amen." "

    "In Jesus' name" is not just a learned behavior; it is a requirement for our prayers to be heard.

    John 14:13

    "And whatever you ask in My name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. 14 If you ask[a] anything in My name, I will do it"

    John 16:23

    "And in that day you will ask Me nothing. Most assuredly, I say to you, whatever you ask the Father in My name He will give you."

    Ephesians 5:20

    "giving thanks always for all things to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ."

    Colossians 3:17

    "And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him."

    Hebrews 13:15

    "Therefore by Him let us continually offer the sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of our lips, giving thanks to His name."

    We are told in just these five scriptures that we are to pray through Jesus to God the Father, thereby, praying "in Jesus' name".

    1 Tim 2:5,6

    "For there is one God and one Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus, 6 who gave Himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time"

    This verse again illustrates that Christ is our Mediator and in order to speak with God the Father we must go through Christ; thus praying "in Jesus' name".

    The Lord's Prayer

    Matthew 6:9-13

    "In this manner, therefore, pray:

    Our Father in heaven,

    Hallowed be Your name.

    10 Your kingdom come.

    Your will be done

    On earth as it is in heaven.

    11 Give us this day our daily bread.

    12 And forgive us our debts,

    As we forgive our debtors.

    13 And do not lead us into temptation,

    But deliver us from the evil one.

    For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen."

    In these verses Jesus is teaching his disciples the manner in which to pray. It is unnecessary for Jesus to pray "in Jesus' name" because he has a "direct line" to God. However, the six previous scriptures provide enough instruction to show us that we should always pray to God through Christ, thus using some form of "in Jesus' name".

    (all Scripture in NKJV)

    -- Posted by teacherswife on Thu, Apr 8, 2010, at 8:23 AM
  • David,

    You have brought about a timely and lively debate my friends and I have had many times about the commandment regarding taking the Lord's name in vain. We believe it to mean that not only should you never curse with His name included but that you should NEVER NEVER avow to be one of His children and then do nothing with that privilege or use His name in an ungodly means.

    Great blog!

    -- Posted by karenmeister on Thu, Apr 8, 2010, at 5:59 PM
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