In Jesus’ Name
Your kingdom come. Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
Recommended Reading – John 14:13-14
When ambassadors or other official representatives present themselves to a foreign king or government, a long-standing tradition has been to present “papers”—that is, official documents stating that the delegate comes “in the name of” his or her government and is authorized to speak on its behalf. Delegates don’t speak their own will, but the will of those they represent.
That is what it means to pray “in Jesus’ name.” Somewhere along the way, “in Jesus’ name, amen” became the habitual way for Christians to end their prayers. It is certainly appropriate, of course, but prayers could begin the same way: “Father, I come into Your presence in Jesus’ name”—that is, “I am not coming to demand my will; I am coming to ask that which I believe is pleasing to Your Son, my Lord, Jesus Christ. I ask You to honor this prayer as You would honor Your Son’s prayers, as I make this request in His name.” The purpose of prayer is not to bend God to our will, but to align ourselves to His will as we pray.
By abiding in Christ, and letting His Word abide in us, we will learn to pray according to His will, not our own (John 15:7).
Prayer is a mighty instrument, not for getting man’s will done in heaven, but for getting God’s will done in earth.