Truly, truly, I say to you, whatever you ask of the Father in my name, he will give it to you. 24 Until now you have asked nothing in my name. Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full. (John 16)
We must learn to pray in the name of Christ because this is His command to us. We pray to God according to the directions Jesus has given us. This is illustrated by John 16:24, “Until now you have asked nothing in My name. Ask, and you will receive.” Christ commands us to pray. This is a part of our duty to God. Christ, however, sends His own to the Father to ask supply of their wants in His Name just as a king would send someone to speak with the authority of the royal name. So to pray in the name of Christ is to go to God as a servant of Christ to speak with His blessing.
As sinners, we have no confidence in ourselves to seek the Lord, but Jesus died for our sins, and gathers us to himself through the Holy Spirit. Jesus, the Son, is one with his Father and has authority to command us to go to the Father in His name. Through the Son we are acceptable to be heard by the Father. We are encouraged by the promises of the Scriptures, given to us by God, that He will even give us His own Spirit to assist us. Romans 8:26,27 says, “Likewise the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. Now He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He makes intercession for the saints according to the will of God.”
By praying in Christ’s name we recognize that we are wholly dependent on Christ’s merit and intercession for our access, acceptance, and hearing by God.
There is no access to God but through Christ. According to John 14:6, “No one comes to the Father except through Me.” They who attempt to have audience with God through any other name, will have the door slammed in their face.
Therefore, we depend on Jesus for the acceptance of our prayers. Our Lord Jesus Christ is the only means through which we can sanctify our prayers. Do not lay the stress of the acceptance of your prayers on your own attitude and feelings. Your prayer will not be accepted. Only Jesus can bear the weight of our unrighteousness.
Rely totally on Christ for a gracious answer. As the Apostle points out in 1 John 5:14, “Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us.” Prayers are heard and answered for the sake of Christ. Only the petitions agreeable to God’s will and made in dependence upon the Son of God, are heard.
Jesus says in John 14:6, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” Sin has separated us from God, and has denied us access to the Father. The door to the Holy of Holies is forever closed to us unless an acceptable mediator can be found. Jesus is the only one who meets the criteria for this ministry. He is our High Priest and Mediator of redemption and intercession. As noted in 1 John 2:1, “If anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous.” Only He is capable of making our prayers acceptable to God.