Jesus said so!
I've pondered about Jesus words and a thought came into my mind. How many prayers had been prayed by me or others in Jesus name, but didn't get an answer? Thousands maybe or more. But I know too that Jesus does not lie. His words are true. Then why not all prayers in his name getting answered?
And to think that he wants us to ask, so that we will be joyful. But if our prayers are not answered, how can we be joyful?
Then again it striked me. How do I pray in his name? How do you pray in his name?
Do I pray for things that give honor to his name?
Do I pray for things that can poisoned my body, mind, soul or spirit?
Do I pray wholeheartedly?
Do I pray with unselfish motives?
Do I pray in faith?
Do I pray in line with God's words?
I am humble when I pray?
So maybe my or your prayers are not getting answered because of lack of faith and wrong motives.
But then what Jesus name means to me and to you?
Jesus name means a lot to me. For me his name has many definitions like:
Actually we can use the whole alphabet to describe Jesus name.
But I believe that God is telling us that if we pray in Jesus name, then we should be praying out of love. That there should be faith, trust, hope and thankfulness in our prayers. Our prayers should be about the salvation of ourselves and others in every area of each and every ones lives. We pray because we want to be inspired by God. To be filled with his presence. To hear from him. To know him more. To be healed body, soul and spirit. To be cleansed and be made whole.
Does it mean that if we pray in Jesus name, we will be spared for trials? Of course not. But Jesus said that in him we will have peace no matter what. He had suffered more than we could ever suffered and overcome the world. If we have him in us and with us, we will also overcome the world.
My conclusion is " yes it does help to pray because in every unanswered prayer, there is lesson be learned. And despite of unanswered prayers, there were answered prayers too.
Father thank you for revealing something from your words and may your words inspires us more to pray and to trust no matter what!