There are different phrases that can be used that the New Testament refer to as keys to effective prayer - prayer that our Heavenly Father will not only hear, but answer with joy, generosity and power. Praying "according to His will", "in the Spirit" and "in the name of Jesus" all come to mind. In Biblical culture and language, a name represented more than it typically does in our culture - it pointed to the entire character and persona of the individual or family who bore the name.
I have found it helpful to think of praying in the "name of Jesus" as praying according to the "nature of Jesus" in order to help this powerful idea not get lost in translation. So then...to pray in the "name of Jesus" is an intrinsic qualifier to prayer that is well prayed. It also implies that receiving greater illumination and insight from the Holy Spirit and the Scriptures that lead to more accurate views of the true nature of God, our place in His heart, family and kingdom and His intentions for the earth and its future will automatically position and empower us to pray more effectively. The Lord has revealed to Bob Hartley, over and over again in many encounters, that this "healed and expanded view" is fundamental to the kind of Hope Reformation that He desires to spread across the globe in the days to come that will overturn an insufficient "misery Christianity" that has dominated the visible church world for too long.
A practical way for this adjustment in prayer to come about it to practice the fine art of laying down our perceived and pressing needs, desires, requests, burdens, plans, etc. to focus, long and deeply, on adoring and magnifying God Himself. He longs to reveal to us forgotten, overlooked and yet to be discovered facets of His nature - or "faces" of God. "Hallowed be Your name" comes before "Give us our daily bread" in the pattern of the prayer Jesus taught us to pray!
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