Every christian ends his prayer with this phrase – “In Jesus Name. Amen!” Every Sunday School student learns that the formula for prayer doesn’t work unless you add that phrase at the end. Take any language, or any cause to pray, this is the modus operandi for finishing off a monologue with the Father and continuing with one’s business on Earth. But, how many of us have really weighed in the gravity of that phrase? Do we repeat that line just because that’s how we are ‘supposed’ to pray? A preacher asked the other day to group of mature christians, “We all know about Jesus. But do we know Jesus?”
“In the name of…” – is a phrase used to represent somebody. A policeman arrests a wrong doer in the name of the law. Essentially, the policeman has no authority of his own other than what is given to him by the law. For a just policeman to make a valid arrest of a wrong doer, the policeman has to know the law. An employee uses the computer on his office desk to do work for and in the name of the company or the employer. For an employee to effectively use his office computer, he needs to know who to work a computer, but he needs to know the what the company or his employer wants him to do. In other words, the employee needs to know everything possible about the employer.
We may know every possible facet of praying. We know how to classify our prayers, We know how, when and where to modulate our voice when we pray aloud. But when we use the name of Jesus to enter the throne room of glory, do we really know Jesus? Do we really feel the passion of His heart? Do we pray according to His will?
Yet indeed I also count all things loss for the excellence of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them as rubbish, that I may gain Christ and be found in Him, not having my own righteousness, which is from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which is from God by faith; that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death, if, by any means, I may attain to the resurrection from the dead.
– Philippians 3:8-11
Paul says he counts all things loss for the excellence of the knowledge of Christ. He continues to say that he counts all these losses as rubbish so that he may gain Christ, be found in Him, that he may know Christ, the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of Christ’s sufferings. Pause here.
Do we really, really know Jesus? Do we use His name in vain to benefit our emotional and fleshly desires? Have you counted anything as a loss today so that you may know Christ?
Let us aspire to know more about Jesus, not just by reading some facts about Him, but by living with Him and walking in ways that He leads us. Let our prayers switch off from our flesh and let them be driven by His Holy Spirit. Take a detour from your habitual prayer life. Dive into the depths of His Spirit.