So when we pray, “in the name of Jesus” what in the world do we mean? Do those words at the end of our prayers now make our prayers valid? Is that the key to the door of the heart of God the Father, that now lends dignity to what would otherwise be considered selfish, or vulgar? Are those words spiritually magic that some how bring about miracle answers? Is there anything more to it than just the repeating of those famous words that even the most cursory Christian seems to know?
John 14.14 “And if you ask Me anything in My name, I will do it.” So there we have it, the answer to why we pray like we do, Jesus said it. No strings attached, here is our key to health, wealth, beauty, charm, friends and influence. Obviously there is a logical explanation from the scriptures as to why we do what we do as Christians, believing that our Heavenly Father does care for us and does hear our prayers.
Zechariah chapter 14.16 prophetically tells of a day in Israel when all nations that stood against Israel, “will go up from year to year to worship the King, the Lord of Hosts, and to celebrate the Feast of Tabernacles.” This is a Messianic prophecy talking about Jesus, the son of God, the king, God incarnate, who came to tabernacle with Israel, to physically dwell with mankind, in fulfillment of the Feasts of the Lord, which Israel was to celebrate annually as a remembrance of things past, and a rehearsal of things yet to come. Remembering when they were in the wilderness for forty years, and now looking forward to when the Messiah would come to dwell with them.
The book of Hebrews was written to the church in Israel at large, explaining how Jesus is the promised Messiah from the prophecies of the scriptures, fulfilling the specific requirements, duties, and positions as expressed therein. Chapter 1.4 in comparing Jesus the son of Yahweh, as much greater than the angels, states that, ” He has inherited a more excellent name than they.” Chapter 1.8 says, ” But of the Son, Yahweh says, ‘Thy throne, O God, is forever and ever,’ and the righteous scepter is the scepter of His Kingdom.” taken directly from Psalms 45.6. Again from Heb. 1.8, speaking from Psalms 110, ” but to which of the angels has Yahweh ever said, sit at my right hand, while I make thine enemies a footstool for thy feet.” 1 Corinthians 5.25 talks again about Jesus being both King and Judge who rules until all things are under His domain. While Pillipians 2.9 says, “Therefore also Yahweh has highly exalted Jesus, and bestowed on Him a name above all names.”
These scriptures and many more tell us how valuable the name of Jesus is, how exalted the name is because of who He is, and what He has accomplished on our behalf. In the Hebrew language, His name is Yeshuwah, meaning ” Gods salvation.” The name of Jesus is authorized to gain the bearer an audience with Yahweh. When I recommend a service or person to contact I say, “tell them Karl sent you,” so they have a point of reference, or commonality. In like manner when we pray in the name of Jesus, it is by His association with us, as having lived with us, and befriended us, being our savior, and High Priest that we now have an audience with God the Father. When doubting Thomas finally met the resurrected Christ, his response was to fall at Jesus feet and say, “my Lord and my God.” He was so amazed, as we should be, that the immortal one would become mortal and then again regain immortality.
So to pray in the name of Jesus is to claim association with Him, to recognize His authority as Son of God, high and lifted up, highly exalted, and knowing His position as Judge, and King of the universe, and Savior of mankind. To pray in His name is to honor and worship Him. No one and nothing comes to the Father but through the Son, who is to be praised forever.