Praying in the Name of Jesus

And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. John 14:13

We’re no strangers to the praying in the name of Jesus. It rolls off our tongue and punctuates our prayers both individually and corporately. I confess that at times in my spiritual walk, an overarching familiarity with this phrase I’ve used my whole life requires me to revisit just how powerful His name really is.

Philippians 2:9-11 says, “Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”

I remind myself that indeed every knee will bow to His name. His kingdom rules and reigns over all. This informs my prayer.

I’m reminded that coming in my own name would have never been sufficient. Though my righteousness is as filthy rags, because of Christ’s finished work, I’ve become the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus (2 Cor. 5:21). This is why I pray in that holy name.

I’m reminded that His name is a token of His authority. We’ve become heirs of God, co-heirs with Christ (Romans 8:17). When our hearts are submitted to Christ as Lord, like a police officer stopping traffic, we’ve been given the badge of Christ’s authority to represent God’s affairs on the earth. We pray as ambassadors.

Lastly, I’m astonished when I consider the myriad of angel’s at Christ’s command. I believe we would be forever in shock and awe to witness with our eyes the activity of His fiery messengers performing His Word and decrees, even as they come out of our mouths. Brothers and sisters, I am humbled and emboldened. There is no greater name. Period.

Prayer: Father, thank you for the name of Jesus. Give me a fresh understanding of my right-standing through Jesus and the authority you’ve called me to walk in as a son of God. May the revelation of what you’ve granted me as a son and ambassador of the Kingdom forever humble and embolden me to walk in my call as an intercessor. In Jesus name. Amen!

Hannah Savage, [M]Watch Senior Leadership Team