I have become convinced there is a much deeper reality beneath genuinely praying "in the name" of Jesus than what many people commonly understand. Normally, folks imagine that it is simply a matter of tagging such words onto our prayers to make them more acceptable to the Father. Maybe this is due to a difference in our culture's understanding of the importance of a name in contrast to the importance of names in Biblical times.
The deeper significance is a bit easier for us to grasp when we think of how the police were portrayed by the media a generation ago when they used the term "in the name of the law" to confront a wrong doer. We immediately understood that this term meant an official representative of the civil government was on the scene with the authority and power to take whatever actions necessary to intervene and bring justice to bear upon the situation. In such situations, many words are not needed to accomplish what is called for and might even prove counter-productive to that end. Jesus clearly applied this idea of simplicity to prayer in Matthew 6:7-8: “And when you pray, do not heap up empty phrases as the Gentiles do, for they think that they will be heard for their many words. Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.
I intend to say more about the art of praying "in the name" of Jesus in another post.
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