Too often people use phrases in a ritualistic, religious way without understanding why, but the concept of praying in Jesus name has biblical origins and is how we should pray because of what it means. All aspects of one s prayer life and the way we pray should be the product of biblical insight and faith according to the promises, principles, and purposes of prayer as taught in God s Word. The origin of this phrase is found in both the teachings of Christ and in epistles. Read carefully John 14:6 and then note 13; 15:15, and 16:23-24. See also Ephesians 3:12; Hebrews 4:14-16. The point is that men can only have access to God through faith in Christ and His substitutionary death (Christ died in our place and took upon Himself our sin.
He bore our penalty). We can come to God only through Christ. He and He alone is the way, the truth, and the life. He gives us access to God. We become the children of God and brought into a personal relationship with Him through faith in Christ. It is our relationship to Christ and being in Him who is at His right hand of God the Father as our advocate that allows us the privilege of not only coming into God s presence through prayer, but of being heard. Anticipating His death, resurrection, and ascension to God s right hand, Christ told the disciples that they were to pray to the Father in His name.
Thus, the biblical pattern for prayer is to pray to the Father in the name of the Son, and in the power or control of the Holy Spirit.
Let s put it this way. Let s say you wanted to talk to God. So you approach his throne. What does he do? He obliterates you with his power because you are unclean and unworthy to approach him. OK, so how can we approach such a powerful being? Only through Jesus Christ. So let s say you approach God, and he starts to lift his finger to smite you for your numerous sins.
Then you invoke the name of Christ, saying, Christ covers those sins! You need not smite me! What happens next is he turns to Christ, and Christ can either nod his head Yes, I paid for that man or he can shake his head No, I did not pay for that man. Prayer is an act of faith. It is an act of faith in the idea that God even exists. But it is also an act of faith in Christ s saving atonement, and his willingness to nod his head Yes when we ask him to cover our sins. Put another word, the word kippur is Hebrew for atonement. Atonement is a made-up English word from at-one-ment because there is no suitable word for kippur.
Of the many ways kippur could be translated, one of them is covering. Covering of what? One, covering of our sins so God doesn t smite us but gives us a space to repent. Two, covering God from us, so we have a chance to live life as a sinner rather than suffer God s unforgiving gaze. When you pray in the name of Jesus, you are praying to an infinite being who cannot tolerate even the smallest sin, in the name of someone who has done something to make it possible to exist with sin temporarily, and eventually arrive at a state where you are completely free of sin.