John 14:13


(John 14:13 NKJV) You can ask for anything in my name, and I will do it so that the Son can bring glory to the Father.

Many of us had a scenario played out in our youth where we would ask for a cookie and mom would say, “What’s the magic word?” to which we would respond, “Please!”. When we read this passage we tend to think that when we pray for something that the magic word is “In Jesus Name”. But, that actually is not what’s being played out here.

During the time of the Bible, names were very important. The name of a person served as their very identity. A rose by any other name would not smell as sweet because it would not be a rose. A name mattered; because contained within a person’s name was the entirety of who they were including their wants and their will. Therefore, asking for something in Jesus name is identifying that what you're asking for is in accord with His desire and His will. It’s not seeking what He can do for us but rather it’s conforming our request to suit we want Him to do in and through us. This is why this statement is tacked onto what was said in verse ten, “The words that I speak to you I do not speak on My own authority; but the Father who dwells in Me does the works.”

When Messiah Yahshua raised Lazarus from the dead, He did so because it was the Father’s will. Christ didn’t do, or say, anything on His own. When Christ openly prayed to the Father that Lazarus is brought back to life it was so that the Father received the glory for it, and since it was the will of the Father, Jesus was doing so in the “name of the Father”.

Hudson Taylor said this:
“I use to ask God to help me. Then I asked Him if I might help Him. Finally, I ended up asking Him to do His work in me and through me, if He would be so pleased”

That’s praying in Jesus Name