In Jesus' Name

I’ve noticed a trend.

A trend that sadly I’ve been a part of.

Often people will begin praying with “Dear God” or “Father…” or “Heavenly Father…,” all of which essentially means the prayer is directed towards God the Father.

Yet the prayer often ends with the phrase “In your name.” Praying to God the Father by God the Father.

That can’t make any sense right? Right, it can’t. And it doesn’t.

We have access to God the Father through the person of Jesus. It was his sacrifice alone that paved the way for us. And this should be included in how we pray.

We pray to God, through the Son…by the power of the Holy Spirit. This might sound familiar…

We don’t pray to the Father, through the Father…but through Jesus.

In Jesus’ Name.