John 14:12-14 [ESV] Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever believes in me will also do the works that I do; and greater works than these will he do, because I am going to the Father. 13 Whatever you ask in my name, this I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. 14 If you ask me anything in my name, I will do it.
John 14:12-14 [Message] 12 The person who trusts me will not only do what I’m doing but even greater things, because I, on my way to the Father, am giving you the same work to do that I’ve been doing. You can count on it. 13 From now on, whatever you request along the lines of who I am and what I am doing, I’ll do it. That’s how the Father will be seen for who he is in the Son. I mean it. 14 Whatever you request in this way, I’ll do.
We must pray in Christ’s name (vv. 13–14). This is not a “magic formula” that we automatically attach to our prayer requests, guaranteeing that God will answer. To ask anything of the Father, in the name of Jesus, means that we ask what Jesus would ask, what would please Him, and what would bring Him glory by furthering His work. When a friend says to you, “You may use my name!” he is handing you a great privilege as well as a tremendous responsibility. -The Bible Exposition Commentary
Jesus’ name is not some kind of magical rabbit’s foot, it’s not a jar you rub and are granted three wishes; it’s the key to bringing glory to God.
Praying entire prayers in Jesus name profoundly alters our priorities and powerfully sends our requests to God.
Somehow proper prayer must put more trust in God’s will than in human wants.
Surely we have to depend on wisdom greater than our own when we pray
[all quotes from:
PRAYING BACKWARDS: Transform Your Prayer Life By Beginning In Jesus’ Name – Bryan Chapell]
In the name of Jesus, your Son, my Savior; thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven