Today’s Scripture: Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need (Heb. 4:16 NIV).
There is plenty of evidence that God answers prayers. Scripture clearly teaches that prayers are answered. James 5:16b says that “the effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.” Praying is both powerful and effective.
When we pray in the name of Jesus we are praying with His God given authority, and we are asking God to act upon our prayers. Praying in the name of Jesus means that we come to God in Jesus’ name representing all of who He is and none of ourselves. Jesus died on the cross for us we didn’t hang on the cross for him.
To pray in Jesus’ name means the same thing as praying according to the will of God. Praying things that are in agreement with God’s will is the essence of praying in Jesus’ name. We do not pray according to our will, but that the will of God be done in our lives. It is the purpose behind the prayer that matters.
In John 14:13-14, Jesus taught us that whatever we ask for in His name He will do. Praying in the name of Jesus is not a magic formula, nor is it just something to tack on at the end of a prayer. When we pray in the name of Jesus we give honor and glorify His name.
“This is the confidence we have in approaching God, that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have what we asked of him” (1 John 5:14-15 NIV).
Faith is the requirement for answered prayers. He who comes to God must believe that He exists and that He is the rewards them that diligently seek Him. Prayers have changed the lives of every believer and we are the proof that God does answer our prayers. So, boldly approach the throne of grace in your time of need, and let your request be known unto God. He is faithful to answer your prayers.
Much love and many blessings to you!