Praying In His Name
Friends, there is no greater name in the entire universe than the Name of Jesus. The apostle Paul reminds us in Philippians 2:9–11 that everything, and everyone, everywhere, must bow their knee to that Name and confess His Lordship over all—we need to start using the Name with faith, and not merely empty tradition!
God reveals His name and nature in Exodus 34:5–7. His name and nature reveal Him as eternally self-existent, all sufficient One who is merciful, gracious, longsuffering and abounding in goodness and truth.
Jesus’ Name and nature are revealed in Matthew 1:21. The Name of Jesus, Yeshu’a, means salvation. Andrew Murray, in his excellent book, With Christ in the School of Prayer, wrote, “The Name of Christ is the expression of everything He has done and everything He is and lives to do as our Mediator.”
It’s important for us to realize this—Everything He has done and everything He is—are wrapped in His Name.
Trust is part of His Name. The psalmist wrote, “Those who know Your name will put their trust in You! (Psalm 9:10)” Pastor Lloyd Ogilvie wrote, “Those who “know” (yāda˓, “have intimate communion with”) God’s name are God’s people. He calls them by name and they call Him by name.”
Victory in battle against our enemies is linked to His Name. Psalm 44:4–5 tells us, “You are my King, O God; Command victories for Jacob. Through You we will push down our enemies; Through Your name we will trample those who rise up against us.” The Believer’s Bible Commentary reminds us, “She [Israel] has learned that the battlebow is not to be trusted for success, nor is the sword a sufficient savior. God is the One who has delivered His people and thoroughly confused their foes!
Authority is part of His name. In John 14:13, Jesus extended His authority (picture it like a power of attorney) to His disciples—this extension includes us because every follower of Jesus has the legal right to use the Name of Jesus over the enemy!
So, how do we apply the trust, victory and authority we have in His name? Proverbs 18:10 hints at an answer, “The name of the Lord is a strong tower; the righteous run to it and are safe.”
We are to run to His name and we are safe, in His name. The Hebrew word for run is rûs. The word means to run, but it may carry with it a sense of urgency, a need to hurry, or a sense of intense concern, care and excitement. Praying in Jesus’ name begins with our running to Him, His character and His nature. In other words—because “in the name” means “in the nature,” we can’t ask for something that’s contrary to His nature and expect to receive. “In the name” only allows us to go as far as Jesus nature and nowhere else, thus the safeguard.
Let’s run to Him with our prayers. Let’s take everything to Him and trust in Him for victory. Let’s use our authority, and rely on His safeguard. There is no greater name.
 Williams, D., & Ogilvie, L. J., Psalms 1–72 (Vol. 13), (Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Inc. 1986), 69
 MacDonald, (A. Farstad, Ed.), Believer’s Bible Commentary: Old and New Testaments (Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson, Inc., 1995) 617