And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Son may bring glory to the Father (John 14:13).
To pray in the name of Jesus means to pray in a manner consistent with His values and purposes; these values and purposes are revealed in both His practice of prayer (e.g., John 17) and His precepts concerning it (e.g., Mt. 6:9-14). It is to pray with the glorification of God as the supreme motive; it is to pray as Jesus would pray were He in our circumstances; it is to pray as His followers who have been appointed as instruments of fruit-bearing in the outworking of His mission. As such, it is praying with respectful submission to the will of the Father, seeking that His will be done, not ours. It is learning to ask for the good things that He delights to give from the devoted heart that He delights to bless.
Gracious Father, I desire to seek Your face in prayer for the purpose of bringing glory to You alone! Teach me respectful submission to Your divine will so that I will continually keep my eyes fixed upon Your purposes rather than my own selfishness. Please give me a completely devoted heart, set apart to please You in every aspect of my life. In Jesus’ Name I ask it!
–Adapted from Giving Ourselves to Prayer: An Acts 6:4 Primer for Ministry (Chapter 6, Praying in the Name of Jesus by Randal Roberts). This book is available at prayershop.org. Use the code CONPSP3 at checkout to receive an additional 10% discount on the book.
Praise the God of faith, hope, and love (1 Cor. 13:13). Thank him for the “new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ” (1 Pet.1:3). Confess those times when you have given in to discouragement rather than hoping in God. Commit yourself to taking hold of the hope which God freely offers to you (Heb. 6:18). Ask that you will have opportunity to share your hope with another person today.
Ask God to help you live in such a way that your unsaved friends will ask “you to give the reason for the hope that you have” (1 Pet. 3:15). Then be ready with your answer!
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