Why do we pray in Jesus' name?

Guest post written by Adam Barringer (Michelle's hubby!)

Why do we pray in Jesus' name | When we pray we should be seeking to glorify God and not ourselves. THIS is why we pray in Jesus' name.

12 "Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever believes in me will also do the works that I do; and greater works than these will he do, because I am going to the Father.
13 Whatever you ask in my name, this I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.
14 If you ask me anything in my name, I will do it. - John 14:12-14

When you pray do you always say "in Jesus' name" at the end?  Why do we do this?  Are we supposed to?  Is it a habit?  

As I was studying John 14 a couple of weeks ago I was convicted about how I was praying. 

I find myself saying it when I am praying out loud or in a group, not when I'm alone or praying silently. I've noticed that when I have to pray in front of a group of people I am so concerned with my words and if what I'm praying makes sense. Or what will these people think if I say such and such? And then I always say at the end, "in Jesus' name."  

He is so gracious to answer these prayers but I don't think this is what Jesus means.

I think the key is in verse 13, "that the Father may be glorified in the Son." 

When we pray we should be seeking to glorify God and not ourselves. We should be listening to and be guided by the Holy Spirit.

Jesus is saying for my fame and not yours. Because of my divine worth and my infinite payment on the cross. And according to my sovereign wisdom. 

Put every request through that filter.... my fame, my worth, my purchase, my wisdom. 

And every prayer will be answered. You will have everything you need to do the works that I do, and even the greater works.



  1. Adam, I love that you've touched on the motives behind our prayers. Are we seeking to impress others or glorify God? The words we use (and certainly the words we end with) are no where near as important as the heart behind them. God wants us to worship Him in spirit and in truth, even when we don't know what to say or how to say it. Thank you for reminding us to pray with godly filter! He will fill in the rest.
    Blessings, Marva | sunSPARKLEshine

  2. I have a fear of praying outloud for others because I am not sure if my prayer will sound right. When I pray alone though, I just speak from the heart. But yet even then I end with "In Jesus' name". Thank you for you insight on this!!

  3. Beautiful post. Prayer is a weak point for me and I'm not sure why we close things the way we do. I usually just say Amen.

  4. I've been seeking understanding about the same question, so coming across your blog at this time is reassuring and encouraging - Thank you!!!!

    ~ "that the Father may be glorified in the Son." ~ Thank you!!!!!

    So far, I'm learning that to be honest and with pure intent when I close in the Savior's name, I choose to reflect on what I've learned through scripture study and the whisperings of the Lord's Spirit, and let my human heart and mind work out aligning themselves with His purposes and ways and attributes.

    Often times, just before closing my prayer, I admit I'm having a hard time with whatever it is, and plead "heal thou my unbelief"; and when I'm asking FOR something, I'm learning to present my plea, admit that I really don't know what's best, and express my trust in Him with "thy will be done."

    So, little by little, I'm learning that by closing "in the name of Jesus Christ", my intent is basically saying, "I know that the Savior is in charge. I'm committed to the Savior and striving to do things His way, 'cause the Spirit has witnessed to me who He is, and what He has done and is doing."

    Now, with Adam's post on John 14:13, I'm recognizing deeper understanding. Thank you!!!!!

    Sure hope others comment to Adam's post! This is a very helpful and timely post!!!!! Thanks, Adam!