Being a Christians is not what I do, it is what I am! — Cliff Donoho
Hello, and thank you for stopping by my blog. You’ll see all sides of my personality on this site. I’ll be sharing personal stories that will have you laughing and then crying. I’ll be writing a lot of things, but all will have to do with, “everyday, practical Christian living.”
So, let’s get started. Through out the week I’d like us to look at one theme for the entire week. Here it is: WHY DO PEOPLE PRAY IN JESUS’ NAME?
If you have attended church or if you have been around “church folks” very long, you have, no doubt, heard them use this phrase: “IN JESUS’ NAME, AMEN!” Why do we do that??? Have you ever wondered why Christians close their prayers in this way?
I personally believe it comes from directly from Scripture. Matthew, chapter 6 and verses 5 through 13 tells us, “And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites are: for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward. 6 But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly. 7 But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking. 8 Be not ye therefore like unto them: for your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask him. 9 After this manner therefore pray ye:
Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. 10 Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in 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 lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever. Amen.
There are other verses in the Bible using this phrase:
JOHN 14:13 & 14, “And whatever you ask in My name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. 14 If you ask anything in My name, I will do it.”
JOHN 15:16, “You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should remain, that whatever you ask the Father in My name He may give you.“
JOHN 16:23,24, “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. 24 Until now you have asked nothing in My name. Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full.”
Actually it is used 81 times in the 4 gospels alone. Jesus said, when you pray, pray in my name and almost every time he says – I will answer or God will give you!!!
The question I have is this, “Is it a traditional or an ecclesiastical formula for sanctioning our prayers for help?” Or does the name of Jesus actually invoke the authority of heaven above, and is the heartbeat of our prayer life.
In verses 9 – 13 in Matthew 6 is the very prayer that he taught. We refer to this as the model prayer. It’s called the Lord’s Prayer: but he didn’t pray this prayer. Jesus never sinned, so he didn’t need to ask forgiveness. He was teaching us to pray. The prayer our Lord actually prayed is found in John 17.
This is enough for today, but through out the week I’ll give three reasons why I believe we should end every with, “IN JESUS NAME, AMEN.”