Christians have been ending their prayers, “In Jesus name,” since Jesus’ resurrection and ascension into heaven. Why have they been doing this is a good question. The simple answer is found several times in the Scriptures. In the Gospel of John 14:13&14 Jesus said, “I will do anything you ask in my name…. You may ask me for anything in my name and I will do it.” It is repeated by Jesus again in John 16:23 and in several other places. So it seems important that as Christians we take Jesus at His word.
It is important also to remember that Jesus is the only mediator between man and God the Father. (2 Timothy 2:5) Jesus is also our personal advocate with God as he speaks to the Father on our behalf (1 John 2:1). In addition, many times when we are troubled in spirit or overwhelmed by circumstances, the Holy Spirit actually hears our inner groaning’s and intercedes on our behalf. So we can conclude that it is both important and necessary that our prayers be offered to God in the name of Jesus if we want them to be answered.
But you might be thinking, what about those persons who aren’t Christians that are honestly seeking to have a relationship with God. This might include agnostics, atheists, those of all religions and all other non-believers. They wouldn’t know to pray in Jesus name, right? This is true. The good news is that God has promised to reveal Himself to those who diligently seek Him. God certainly hears the prayers of sinners that are truly wanting to be redeemed/saved, repent from their sinful ways and gain eternal life. God answers those prayers both in their hearts and minds. How? He points them to Jesus and the Scriptures.
That’s God’s’s amazing grace and gift of forgiveness and eternal life for all who accept Jesus as Savior and Lord. Is He your Savior? If not, what are you waiting for? Today is the day of salvation as no one knows if they have tomorrow.
Yes, but often we’re not listening. God created man and woman in his image, that is he gave them the capacity to communicate in a way that is different from all the other creatures in the world. He gave them the capacity to interact with the creator of not just the world, but the universe as well. He wanted these beings to enjoy a pain-free, stress-free eternal life in communion with him.
When the first man and woman decided that they could be the equal of the creator, they separated themselves from God and set mankind on a death spiral.
But God never abandoned his most precious creation and instituted a plan to restore his relationship with them.
That plan began with the setting apart a group of people through whom the world would be blessed. The plan culminated with the death and resurrection of his son, Jesus Christ who sacrificed himself to atone for all the wrongdoings of everyone whoever lived and who will ever live on earth.
We read the story of God and his people in the Bible and learn of his personal interaction with him. Today we can still hear his voice. Sometimes it is through the Bible, the holy scriptures inspired by God. Sure, the various books in the Bible were written at different times, with specific purposes to specific audiences. However, the truths contained there can speak to those who open their hearts and mind to hear God speaking to them.
The apostle Paul, who wrote many of the letters that are included in the Bible, reminds us that:
“All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.” 2 Timothy 3:16-17
God speaks through the written word (logos), as well as through the Holy Spirit (rhema), which as believers, we receive when we are saved by faith in Jesus Christ. God made us each individual and He speaks to us in the way that we receive information; a visual learner versus an audible learner. God confirms Himself through others, though it’s best to check with scripture and confirm that what you believe God is saying to you is true to His character.