1. Praying In Jesus’ name means we depend on Jesus for access to God
The way to heaven is blocked up by our sins. There is no access for a sinful person to God without a Mediator.
“I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” (Jhn 14:6)
Jesus Christ is that Mediator. Jesus came down from heaven, died for sinners, and gathers them to himself by His effectual calling.
“If anybody does sin, we have one who speaks to the Father in our defense — Jesus Christ, the Righteous One.” (1 Jhn 2:1)
“In him and through faith in him we may approach God with freedom and confidence.” (Eph 3:12)
“Since we have a great high priest who has gone through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess. Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.” (Heb 4:14,16)
2. Praying In Jesus’ name means we depend on Jesus for acceptance of our prayers
After Jesus intercedes for us by His work on the cross, he then tells us to go to his Father in his name, and ask what we need. He also gives us His Spirit to help us with our prayers.
“This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us.” (1 Jhn 5:14)
“I tell you the truth, my Father will give you whatever you ask in my name.” (John 16:23)
“The Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express.” (Rom 8:26)
3. Praying In Jesus’ name means we depend on Jesus for a gracious answer
We don’t always get the answer to prayers we want but we will always receive whatever we need to accomplish God’s will in our lives through Jesus.
“I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Son may bring glory to the Father.” (Jhn 14:13)
“I can do everything through Him who gives me strength.” (Phil 4:13)