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.
–Adapted from Giving Ourselves to Prayer: An Acts 6:4 Primer for Ministry (Chapter 6, Praying in the Name of Jesus by Randal Roberts)
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!
As you come to the end of the year, lift your voice in praise to the one who is a prayer-hearing and prayer-answering God. Thank him for the tender talks you have had with him over the past year. Confess those times when you foolishly doubted the power of prayer. Commit yourself to maintaining a daily prayer time in the coming year. Ask God to keep you accountable to him.
Pray for God’s kingdom to come in the coming year. Ask that believers throughout the earth will be bold witnesses for Christ so that all people everywhere might have the opportunity to hear the gospel.
–Prayer Points taken from Patterns for Prayer by Alvin VanderGriend