Praying in Jesus’ Name

And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son” (John 14:13).

Many use this verse as a way to convince God that He must answer their prayers since they are praying in Jesus’ Name but Scripture is very clear that, if we pray according to His will, He hears us (1 John 5:14).

God is not obligated to answer every selfish prayer we pray but, as we draw closer to Him, our desire to please Him grows, and that is when our prayers our answered because they are finally in line with His will.

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There are some things that we can pray without wondering if it’s His will. For instance, God’s Word says that He is not willing that any should perish but instead desires that all come to repentance (2 Peter 3:9). Therefore, we can, in faith, pray for the salvation of our loved ones.

There are times when I feel like it is God’s will to heal a friend or family member. I will then pray wholeheartedly for their healing. Sometimes, even if I’m not sure what God is doing in a person’s life, I will pray for their healing, trusting God to have mercy and hear my plea but knowing that, if He chooses not to answer in the way I desire, He has a greater plan. Faith goes beyond believing my prayer will be answered; it is knowing that God knows what is best and trusting that He is still at work even when I don’t understand.

I have seen God’s hand at work so many times so I suppose it is pretty easy for me to trust the Lord. In spite of what some believe, God still saves, He still heals, He still cares. I don’t know about tomorrow but I know who holds my hand.

4 thoughts on “Praying in Jesus’ Name

  1. This is a subject that has caused me some intellectual turmoil recently. Why did Jesus make this statement uncontingent if there were contingencies?not to mention; “And all things you ask in prayer, believing, you will receive.” mat 21:22 or “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.” mat7:7

    of course these are balanced by verses like “and whatever we ask we receive from Him, because we keep His commandments and do the things that are pleasing in His sight.” 1 john 3:22

    then this opens up the question “how closely must one keep his commandments before this comes into effect?”

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