In Whose Name Do You Pray?

March 13, 2019 at 11:12 am | Posted in Q&A | 2 Comments
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Question: When I pray I usually end my prayer by saying something like, “in Jesus’s name,” but other people say, “In ‘Your’ name we pray.” Which one is right?

Answer: I’m not sure there’s a “right” or “wrong” to this one. I think it may depend on to Whom you are praying. Jesus, in His model prayer, taught us to pray to God the Father directly (Matthew 6:9). Of course, we only have access to the Father through the Son, Jesus, and through the Holy Spirit. However, you can also speak directly to Jesus in prayer. If you are praying privately, then you do not need to be concerned about formalities, but, on those occasions in which you may be called on to pray publicly, in my opinion it’s best to clarify which member(s) of the Trinity (Father, Son, or Holy Spirit) to Whom you are praying, and to pray in the name of Jesus (Ephesians 5:20; Colossians 3:17), rather than just ending in an ambiguous, “in ‘Your’ name.” I wouldn’t be dogmatic on it, though. Certainly there is room for disagreement.

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  1. […] in public or in church meetings. I’m certainly awkward at it myself. But I have to admit that I’m not a huge fan of closing public prayers with a mumbled “in Your name we pray.” It is such an awesome […]

  2. […] In the name of Christ Jesus our Lord I pray. Amen. […]


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