But praying in His name is more than just saying the words at the end of the prayer. Without our relationship with Jesus, we would not even be able to come to God the Father as His children. In John 14:6, Jesus tells us, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” It is only because of the sacrifice of Jesus that cleanses our sins that we are able to have a relationship with our God and to come before a Holy and Righteous God in prayer. Moreover, we can do nothing without Jesus (John 15:5). So, we can do nothing in our own power. It is all done through the power of His Spirit within us that teaches, empowers us for His work, and gives us His wisdom and His words to do His will. It is not only the reconciliation of Jesus to God and the power of Jesus in us that allows us to do His work. We also come in His authority as His representatives to do all that we do. 2 Corinthians 5:20 tells us that we are His ambassadors, that all things that we do, we do on His behalf, representing Him as if we were Jesus Himself. As His ambassadors, we are His projected presence on this earth, just as ambassadors on this earth are the projected presence of their nations and those nation’s leaders.
There is yet one more reason why we pray in Jesus’ name. It is a constant reminder to us of our Lord. For the same reason that we regularly have the communion service at church in remembrance of our Lord and of His sacrifice for us, we should also be in constant remembrance of His great love, a greater love than any man or woman on this earth ever had or could ever have, sacrificing everything He had for us and doing so at great expense of pain and humiliation and even His very life. Knowing how much Jesus loved us and how much He paid for us, we should be in constant remembrance of His sacrifice in all things that we do and reminding ourselves with these simple words at the end of every prayer: “In Jesus Name.”
I pray that you will always remember the great love that Jesus has for you and the great love that the Father had in sending His only Son to die on the cross, redeeming us to Him forever.