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Praying in Jesus' Name

"…the Name Jesus as His proper Name is ontologically connected with Him. For us it is the bridge between ourselves and Him [cf. Jn. 20:29]. It is the channel through which divine strength comes to us. Proceeding from the All-Holy, it [His Name] is holy and we are sanctified by invoking it. With this Name and through this Name our prayer acquires a certain objective form or significance: It unites us with God." (Elder Sophrony Sakharov)

“Praying Jesus’ name is not meant to invoke Him or move Him to action on our behalf. It is meant to unite us with Him so that in that union we are filled with the mind of Christ and bring His divine character into all that we do and say.” (Sacramental Living Blog)

“When we pray “in Jesus’ name,” we pray both in the authority of His name and in the character it represents…Doing something in Jesus’ name means to do it in his character. It means doing it as Jesus himself would do it if he were in your place.” (Foundation Study Bible, Psalms 143:11, John Ortberg)

“To pray in Christ's name does not simply mean to attach the phrase “in Jesus' name we pray” to the end of prayers. Rather, to pray in His name means to pray according to His will.” (Orthodox Study Bible, Acts 14:13)

“We have to be careful that anything we undertake in the name of Jesus Christ we do for one ultimate purpose: His glory, not ours.” (Franklin Graham)

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