A tasty gospel morsel from Christ the Truth blog:
What does it mean to pray in Jesus’ name? …
Jesus Himself asks you to pray to the Father ‘in His name’ (John 14:13,14; 15:16; 16:23). So when you come to the Father, come as Jesus. Come as son, come as christ (anointed one). Call on God Most High with Jesus’ own cry – ‘Abba, Father’ (Mark 14:36 <=> Gal 4:6). By the Spirit, you are so identified with the Son in prayer that you pray as Jesus. And the Father hears you as His very own Beloved.
Jesus does not point the way to prayer, nor simply blaze a trail and ask you to follow along. He incorporates you into Himself in His own self-offering to the Father. As you pray you are not outside the Trinity. But neither are you a fourth member of the Trinity. You are in Christ, filled with the Spirit of adoption, calling on your Abba, Father.
That’s prayer “in Jesus’ name.”
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