The name of Jesus has seemingly been reduced to a cherry on top of a sunday or a bow on top of a present. We tell God everything we want and finish it with a cute little “in the name of Jesus.” In actuality, this should be reversed. The name of Jesus is the foundation and authority we have when we’re talking to God. Jesus Himself is the only reason we can approach God. Look at the power in His name…

And whatever you ask in My name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask anything in My name, I will do it. -John 14:13‭-‬14

In that day you will no longer ask me anything. Very truly I tell you, my Father will give you whatever you ask in my name. -John 16:23

John 14:13 is where we ask in the name of Jesus for something to be done. Examples: a child to be healed, a person to be delivered from bitterness, or protection for a friend. Jesus said He will do this so that the Father will be glorified in Him.

John 16:23 is where we ask in the name of Jesus for something to be given to us (petition prayer). Examples: a house, car, or husband/wife.

John 14 says do and John 16 says give, but both are in the name of Jesus.

So, the next time you’re praying magnify the importance of the name of Jesus. It’s the only reason we have what we have and can do what we do.