Whatever you ask in my name, this I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.
What does it mean to pray in Jesus’ name? Is it just a formula that we add to our prayers when we’re done? Are they mere words? If you were to ask my wife, in my name, for a $100, who would she consider as the one requesting the $100? Who would she reject if she didn’t give you the money? While you may be the beneficiary, she would do it for my sake.
What if you were to ask her something in my name that wasn’t in harmony with my wishes— something that I hadn’t said to ask her in my name? While you may say “in Jan’s name”—Jan told me to ask you—it wouldn’t be true.
To pray in Jesus’ name is to ask the Father something that Jesus wants. It means that the requests are in perfect harmony with His will. Ultimately, it means that He asks it. We’re the blessed participants and beneficiaries for His sake.
It’s no wonder that Paul wrote: “Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought” (Rom. 8:26). We need the Spirit of Christ in order to pray in Jesus’ name. Being His Spirit, He knows Jesus’ will. Thus, when we pray “in the Spirit” in Jesus’ name, we can have the assurance that we will receive our requests.
Today’s verse is as Christ-centered as can be. Not only are they ultimately His requests to the Father, He is also the One who fulfills those requests—“this I will do.” Here’s a good test to determine if your requests are truly in Jesus’ name: are they to the Father’s glory? That’s His goal.
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