“In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans. And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for God’s people in accordance with the will of God. “
Over the years I have listened carefully when others have prayed, so that I may join in the presentation to our Lord, and at the conclusion say, Amen! It has affected my attitude when there is a sense of glibness as the words: “in Jesus’ Name”, Amen!” is tagged on.
The words of Jesus, in John 14:13-14, “Whatever you ask in My name, that will I do, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask me anything in My name, I will do it”, are used out of context all too often. Even so, God in His graciousness, and the Holy Spirit in His ministry on our behalf, (Romans 8:26, 27) says something like this to God, the Father: “Here is what Ted really meant…” Am I ever dependent on Him!
Philip had sought to be shown the Father. Jesus’ reply confirmed: “I am in the Father, and the Father is in Me …the Father abiding in me does His works.” (v10) Then He proceeds to the beautiful words, befitting of the ministry that He has been conducting, and the disciples would conduct following His resurrection: “That the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask Me anything in My Name, I will do it.”
One must understand that what we are to ask for of the Lord Jesus is inter-related to “glorifying the Father through the Son”. In effect, I should find no desire to self gratification or glorification as a motive for praying. It is to reveal my total acknowledgement of Him and my dependency on HIM!
“Tag-ons” can be dangerous. Slow down; think about what you are saying in light of what the context of the Scriptures have said. Asking in the name of Jesus means that I have thought through what I believe to have been in the interest of Jesus and the Father, not Ted. I must desire to bring Glory to God in the answer that He, God, gives to my prayer. Dr. Ryrie notes that the work of the Holy Spirit is the promised “helper”. He is “advising, exhorting, comforting, strengthening, interceding, and encouraging.”
“In Jesus Name” is not to be used with frivolity or as a magic “tag on”.