The question is often raised to me: “Why do (we) Christians pray in Jesus’ name?” It’s an honestly naive question, but one to which many people don’t have the answer. So, below are 4 solid reason why Christians pray in Jesus’ name. I hope that it helps your understanding and, of course, your prayer life.
First, Christians pray in Jesus’ name, because His name is the name through which salvation is received. Acts 4:12 says, “There is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.” If Jesus’ name is the name by which humankind is reconciled to God the Father, then it only makes sense that a Christian’s prayer life would be “in Jesus’ name,” the very name that made prayer possible.
Second, Christians pray in Jesus’ name, because His name is greater than any other name. Paul clearly teaches this in Philippians 2:9: “Therefore God has highly exalted [Jesus] and bestowed on him the name that is above every name.” Although all of the implications of praying in Jesus’ name may not be numbered, one this is certain: a Christian couldn’t imagine praying in a name other than that of Jesus.
Third, Christians pray in Jesus’ name, because it implies agreement with God’s will. Doing God’s work means to believe in the one who He sent (John 6:29). So it is with prayer. Each time Christians pray in His name, they confirm their faith — and God’s work through Him.
Fourth, Christians pray in Jesus’ name, because they are taught to do so in the New Testament. Jesus Himself said, “Until now you have asked nothing in my name. Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full” (John 16:24). Any request is assumed on the basis of a NT privilege: Christians dwell in Christ, and He in them (2 John 9).
Here are 4 solid reasons why Christians pray in Jesus’ name. Taken collectively, they imply that Christians are praying to the Father, in the name of the Son, and in the conviction of the Holy Spirit.