Believing Christians have the conviction that their prayers are always heard in the name of Jesus: “in Jesus name we pray Amen.” There are a number of compelling reasons for their faith to be absolutely certain that they are not deceiving themselves.
In Jesus name we pray Amen – Reasons
The three main reasons we pray in Jesus’ name are:
- This is what Jesus himself commanded.
- Jesus promised that such prayers would be heard.
- Jesus is the mediator between God and man.
Jesus Commanded to Pray in his Name
The first reason the belief that our prayers are heard is God’s clear command.
If God had never commanded prayer, it would be shocking for man to speak to God. For a creature to speak to the Creator, for a clay to speak to the Potter.
God’s prayer includes the desire to say something to Him. After all, a subordinate can demand something from even the strictest king without offending him, if the king himself has invited his subordinate to ask him for exactly that.
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God’s servants can confidently ask Him for everything they need because in many places in Scripture He commands His servants to call upon Him.
Ask and it will be given to you
In the Gospel of Matthew, the Son of God says, “Ask and it will be given to you”
Elsewhere, the scriptures call us to say, “Call Me in times of trouble, and I will save you, and you will honor Me!” (Ps 50:15)
David certainly acknowledged the truth of these words when he responded to God’s own command, praying to God: “When You said, “Seek My face,” My heart said to You, “Your face, LORD, I will seek.” (Ps 27: 8)
Your Prayer will be Heard
Another reason Christians believe that God hears their prayers is that He has not only commanded us to pray but has also kindly promised to hear them.
Christ affirmed this with a double oath: “Truly, truly, I say to you, whatever you ask of the Father in my name, he will give it to you.” (Jn 16:23)
David writes of this: “You, LORD, hear the desire of the afflicted; you encourage them, and you listen to their cry.” (Ps 10: 17)
If a Christian believes in God’s promise that He will hear his prayers, he cannot doubt.
Even if the mind-objects, “How can you force God to do what you want?” he can answer it convincingly: “I do not have to force God. Because of His unchanging love, God has already voluntarily associated Himself with clear promises He has made. He is trustworthy and truthful. What He promises, He must keep. The divine glory of His own name requires it. He cannot be unfaithful to the believer who asks Him”
Jesus Christ is the Mediator between God and Man
And no matter how immutable these reasons are for hearing the prayers of all believers, no one who prays to God would be completely safe without the third reason: Jesus Christ mediates.
If a person want to rely on God’s command and promise, the knowledge of his worthlessness and sinfulness would continue to frighten him. But it’s fine with us! God’s Word in no way calls us to pray based on our own righteousness and our own worth. In fact, it tells us the exact opposite, that our prayer should be based entirely on the merits of Christ and the prayer of Christ as Mediator, as Pontifex.
That is why Jesus Christ says, “In that day you will ask in my name. I am not saying that I will ask the Father on your behalf. No, the Father himself loves you because you have loved me and have believed that I came from God.” (Jn 16: 26-27)
Jesus is not saying here that he does not want to pray for his dear apostles. Instead, He states that believing Christians should not think that only Jesus can pray and be heard and that they are not allowed to pray. Because they believe in Jesus Christ, their prayers are pleasant to God, and what they say before God is certainly heard.
Take Advantage of these Gifts from God
Really blessed is the Christian believer! There is no bodily or spiritual benefit that he cannot achieve through prayer. And there is no such great temptation that he cannot overcome, because his prayers are always heard.