In Jesus' Name

Kevin DeYoung

READ : John 14:12-14

Whatever you ask in my name, this I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. (v. 13 ESV)

It didn’t take long for my children to learn how to finish my prayers. Whether by the bedside or at the dinner table, all I had to say was “in Jesus’ name . . .” and by the time they were two they could add “Amen!” Most Christians conclude their prayers “in Jesus’ name,” but we rarely think of this little habit as a means of giving God glory.

How does it glorify God to ask for good things in Jesus’ name? This doesn’t mean God will give us more grandchildren, a 5000-square-foot house, or even healthy bodies just by tacking “Jesus” to the end of our prayers. It means that when we pray according to his revealed will in Scripture—asking for things like faith, godliness, and the Holy Spirit in Jesus’ name—God hears and answers. More precisely, Jesus hears and answers. “This I will do,” he says. Imagine a father turning over the management of his business to a beloved son. A good father takes even more pride and pleasure in his son’s success than his own. In the same way, the Father is glorified when we pray in the name of his Son, who has been entrusted with all the Father’s business.

PRAYER

Father, send your Spirit to make us holy, in Jesus’ name, Amen.