John 16:26 NKJV “In that day you will ask in My name, and I do not say to you that I shall pray the Father for you”
Before Jesus died and was raised, He demonstrated Himself as the access to God the Father. He prayed for His disciples to meet their needs, give them direction, heal them etc. But as He prepared them for His death, He spoke of a day that would come when they will do their own prayers. The same way they had watched Him get answers to the most seemingly impossible situations, they will get answers to their own prayers if they asked in His name.
Jesus made it clear that when prayer is made in the name of Jesus, it is as though Jesus Himself walked into the throne room of God and presented the request before God. This is exactly what happens! In the most simplest of ways, having the confidence in God’s Word and promise, when you make a prayer in the name of Jesus, Jesus takes your prayers and perfects them before the Father. He stands as our High Priest (Heb.4:14). In understanding the ministry of the High Priest under the Old Testament, the High Priest represented the people before God. He understood their frailties, and he understood their needs. Jesus like the levitical High Priest understands your every frailty and need, and when you pray in His name, He is able to perfect it (Heb.4:15). Unlike the levitical priests, Jesus need not need not make continuous sacrifices of blood, because the blood He shed on the cross was potent. It was made once and for all, perfecting all that will come to the Father in His name.
This should give the praying believer great confidence! Remember Jesus at the tomb of Lazarus said, “Father, I thank you that you have heard me. And I know that you hear me always…” (Joh.11:41-42). If our prayers are made in that matchless name of Jesus, He stands for us in the throne room, then we know we have the answers we seek. Jesus promises that when we ask, we shall receive! Friends, be careful to know that asking in the name of Jesus is not the same as asking for His sake. We do not pray for Christ sake, but we pray only in the name of Jesus. Begin to take your rightful place in prayer and experience the power of God in your life!
Scriptures to Meditate: Heb.4:16, 1 Cor.14:15, Jam.1:4-6, Phil.4:6, Jer.33:3