When we pray, we must have the faith to ask for what we need in Jesus’ name.
The name of Jesus grounds us in what is ultimate. His name secures us against the ever-shifting temporality around us—including our own incomplete perspective. Praying in His name is not a superstition, like knocking on wood or avoiding cracks in the sidewalk, but an expression of trust in His character. Trust that we receive when we pray as well as believe when we pray that His response, when it is not what we expect, is trustworthy.
John 14:12-13 NKJV
Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in me, the works that I do he will do also; and greater works than these he will do, because I go to my Father. And whatever you ask in my name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.
John 16:24 NIV
Until now you have not asked for anything in my name. Ask and you will receive, and your joy will be complete.
Prayer + Reflection
1. Let’s pray: “Lord, we pray Your strong name over our family and friends. May Your good will and loving intent for them become evident and palpable.”
2. “Lord, we pray Your strong name over our communities and neighborhoods. We will serve, listen and connect with them until we feel their concerns. Empower our efforts in Jesus’ name.”
3. “Lord, we pray Your strong name would be the grounding anchor among Your people and in Your churches.”
Write the name “Jesus” on the center of a paper plate (or cut a large circle out of a piece of paper). Draw lines outward and write or draw prayer requests you have. Read John 16:24 and then take turns praying for each of the requests.