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Scripture encourages us to pray in the name of Jesus and actually gives us guarantees:

“And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it.” (John 14:13)

“Until now, you have asked nothing in my name. Ask (in my name) and you will receive that your joy may be full.” (John 16:24).

When we pray in the name of Jesus, we are bringing to bear His authority on our prayer. Jesus Himself is applying His “notary” on it, thus authorizing the prayer.

Remember, we must think about the entire context of scripture. We will get a positive response when we pray His purpose, plan, and will, not ours. Not every prayer will be answered to our benefit, and there will be times when we will be gravely disappointed. True submission to God means that we honor His purpose, plan, and will - not ours.

Rev. Dr. N. Patrick Marica contributes incisive Christian commentary on this blog on a regular basis. He is the Vice-Chancellor of Amherst Theological Seminary, and he has a D. Min. from Amherst Theological Seminary. He has his MA from Liberty University in Marriage and Family Therapy. He is the author of the book: "The Walk Applied: Living the New Creation Life as a Citizen of God's Kingdom in a Secular World". He has also written "The Fasting and Prayer Handbook". He has been married to Kathy since 1985. They have 2 adult daughters and an adult son.

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