What Does It Mean, “In Jesus’ Name, Amen”?

I was praying with my daughters yesterday and I said, as always, “In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.”

“Mommy,” she said.  “Why do you say that at the end?”

“I don’t know.  I’ll have to look that up.”

Coincidentally, two days ago, my study Bible asked me the same question, “What does it mean to pray “in Jesus’ name”?  I just hadn’t had the time to look this up until now.

John 14:13-14  Jesus says, “And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Son may bring glory to the Father.  You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it.”

We pray in Jesus’ name because he told us to.  But in doing so, we are acknowledging that we can only pray to the Father because of the Son.  Jesus is the path to God.  As you know from the Old Testament, only certain people could pray to God.  With Jesus’ death, the door was opened for all of us to have a personal, intimate relationship because of and through Jesus.  Hence, we come in Jesus’ name when we pray.

Great lengthy explanation here with much more scripture quoted:

http://www.learnthebible.org/praying-in-the-name-of-jesus.html

Shorter version here:  http://www.gotquestions.org/pray-Jesus-name.html

End note:  I wish I would have learned this in church.  As I delve more and more into the Bible, I question more and more why I never learned such things.  Why didn’t anyone ever explain something as essential as this?  What is more important than praying?  And the correct way to pray?  Some say there is no correct way which I tend to agree with.  But you have to understand your words when you pray and sometimes we just go through the motions with no cognizance and it irritates me.  I want to know this stuff and I just think churches cater so much to so many different groups that the fundamentals are getting squeezed (at least in my church).

So much these days are out-sourced and self-education.  If you want to know something, you have to find out the information. This is great in one sense.  But how can you find the information if you don’t know what you’re supposed to be looking for?

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4 comments on “What Does It Mean, “In Jesus’ Name, Amen”?

  1. Connie Patterson says:

    Thank you!! I kind of knew this in the back of my mind because someone along the way must have mentioned it. But you stated this so clearly and started my day just right. I am going to make a note of this in my Bible so I can keep it in the forefront of my mind. Thanks again
    Connie

  2. james says:

    Thanks for a great post. Jesus’ name is powerful! Our prayers are most effective when we learn the key to pray like Jesus did…that our requests will all be motivated by our ultimate desire for God’s will to be done “on earth as it is in Heaven.” When we are occupied with eternal things, our problems or trials will become less and less of a distraction, and we will begin praying for other’s [spiritual and physical] needs rather than our own list of “wants.” God bless us in this quest for His will to be done!

  3. Lubiey says:

    We thank you for this information, because praying without calling upon the name Jesus is shooting without pulling the trigger.

  4. Walter James Wasson says:

    God’s Holy Word is our Instruction Manual so that it shall be well with us. In other words, what Our Heavenly Father, and Jesus Instructs us as His Children. Also, I have just read the book “Power for you” by Charles Spurgeon explaining the Holy Spirit as I have never had explained to me, and this part of the Trinity has had so little teaching even though The Holy Spirit is as important as Our Heavenly Father, and Jesus. Oh that there would be more teaching on the third person of the trinity. So very important.

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