In the Christian church, it is our tradition to end our prayers with “In Jesus’ Name I pray”. Have you ever stopped to really think about what that statement means? It is not just a tidy way to end our prayer. It is the acknowldegment of the power that is needed for our prayers to be heard by God. When we pray in Jesus’ Name, we are confessing our need for a Savior. We are realigning our will with the Father’s will by submitting ourselves under the authority of Jesus Christ.
All of this was made possible because of what Jesus did for us on the cross. It was His willing and loving sacrifice for us that has made it possible for us to be in relationship with the Father.
Jesus himself tells us to pray in His name. In John 14:13-14 He says, “You can ask for anything in my name, and I will do it, because the work of the Son brings glory to the Father. Yes, ask anything in my name, and I will do it”.
Paul also acknowledges the power of Jesus’ name in His letter to the Ephesians when he said, “And you will always give thanks for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ” (Ephesians 5:20).
This next Sunday we will be singing a song recently written by Ben Fielding and Brooke Ligertwood called “What A Beautiful Name”. The song was written as a celebration and acknowledgment of the power that is available to us when we sincerely pray in the name of Jesus.
Please enjoy listening to “What A Beautiful Name” this week as you worship Him!