by Cindy Bleuler Tucker
“Whatever you ask In My name, this I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.”
How do we pray in Jesus’ name?
When we do anything in the name of someone else, such as power of attorney, we represent that person. We carry out their wishes. If we pray in Jesus’ name, we are requesting something that is in line with His will. But how do we know what His will and purpose is? Often we do not, and struggle with what to ask. We begin to speak, but choke on our own words-“Lord, I know what I want, but what is Your will?
Paul addresses this. “…the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray as we ought, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groaning too deep for words. And He who searches hearts knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God. And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good for those who are called according to His purpose.” Romans 8:26b-28
Oh what a blessing it is Jesus did not leave us alone, but sent us His Holy Spirit! This gracious Spirit hears and feels our humble attempts to communicate with the Father and petition the King. When we falter, He shows us what to pray, gives us the thoughts and words, prays with us and for us! Not only does He intercede for us in the sense that he prays for us, He prays for us in the sense that He does OUR praying for us! His power is behind our every word, and He corrects our human error, false motives, and faulty reasoning. We then may “with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, so we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” Hebrews 4:16
What adds to our confidence is the promise of Romans 8:28-that when we pray in Jesus’s name and the Spirit intercedes for us, our prayers will do good and further the Kingdom of God. God promises that He will work all things- any tragedy, judgment, or circumstance to the good of those who love God and who are called to pray.
On this National Day of Prayer, may American Christians prize our religious freedom and approach God’s throne with confidence. May we as a people seek God’s mercy.