Praying in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ

This comes via the Grace Notes lesson for Genesis 12:6-9.

Genesis 12:8, “Then he proceeded from there to the mountain on the east of Bethel, and pitched his tent, with Bethel on the west and Ai on the east; and there he built an altar to the LORD and called upon the name of the LORD.

The phrase “pitched his tent” indicates that Abram was a tent dweller and lived a nomadic existence, moving from place to place and never settling one specific area.

“Bethel” literally means, “house of God” and is identified with modern Beiten, approximately ten miles north of Jerusalem, which became one of the two capitals and cult centers of the northern kingdom and only Jerusalem is mentioned in the Old Testament more than Bethel.

“Ai” (ay) literally means, “the ruin” and was a large city east of Bethel.

Once again we see Abram building an altar to the Lord in response to the Lord’s graciousness in promising his descendants the land of Canaan. This is the second time in Genesis that we see someone said to be calling upon the name of the Lord, which is a reference to prayer. The first time the Bible records people calling upon the name of the Lord is in Genesis 4:25-26, which records that after the birth of Seth, that men began to call upon the name of the Lord.

The term “Lord” is applied to the Father (Matt. 11:25; Luke 10:21; 20:42) and to the Son (Rm. 5:11; 1 Cor. 15:31) and the Spirit (2 Cor. 3:17).

In Genesis 12:8, the Father is in view since all prayer must be addressed to the Father (John 14:13-14; 16:23-27; Rom. 8:15; Gal. 4:6; Eph. 2:18; 3:14; 5:20; Col. 1:3, 12; 3:17; 1 Pet. 1:17; Rev. 1:6).
Prayer must be made in the name or Person of or through intermediate agency of the Lord Jesus Christ (John 14:13-14; 16:23-24; Eph. 5:20; Col. 3:17).

The believer is to pray in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ because it is through the merits of His impeccable Person and Finished Work on the Cross and Advocacy with the Father as well as the believer’s union with Him that gives the believer the privilege to boldly approach the throne of God in prayer.

Praying in our Lord’s name means that we are to pray to the Father consciously aware of our exalted position where we are seated at the Father’s right hand because of our eternal union and identification with Christ. Prayer must be made in the power of the Spirit or by means of the power of the Filling of the Spirit (Eph. 2:18; 6:18; Jude 20).

Prayer is an expression of the believer’s worship toward God, as well as an expression of his confidence and total dependence upon the character and integrity of his heavenly Father to meet both the spiritual and temporal needs of himself and others.

In Genesis 12:8, we see Abram worshipping God the Father in prayer and the sacrifices on the altar indicate that Abram understood and acknowledged that he could only come to the Father in prayer through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ who was portrayed in the animal sacrifices.
Every church age believer is commanded in Scripture to pray.

1 Thessalonians 5:17, “Make it your habit to pray.”

There are five essential elements to prayer: (1) Confession (2) Thanksgiving (3) Worship (4) Intercession (5) Petition.
Confession: 1 John 1:9, “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”
Thanksgiving: Colossians 4:2, “Devote yourselves to prayer, keeping alert in it with an attitude of thanksgiving.
Worship: Psalm 18:3, “I call upon the LORD, who is worthy to be praised, and I am saved from my enemies.”
Intercession: Ephesians 6:18, “By means of every kind of specific detailed reverential prayer requests, all of you make it your habit to pray at each and every opportunity while in fellowship with the Spirit. Now, for this very purpose, all of you make it your habit to stay alert (in prayer) with every kind of persistent specific detailed requests with regards to each and every one of the saints.”

Petition: Philippians 4:6, “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.

In Genesis 12:8, Abram is entering into these five essential elements to prayer. He confessed his sins, and offered his thanksgiving and worship to God and interceded for others and offered up his own requests.

Prayer is asking for what God wants and must be according to His will in order to be effective and productive for God.

1 John 5:14, “This is the confidence which we have before Him, that, if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us.”
1 John 5:15, “And if we know that He hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests which we have asked from Him.

Abram is praying according to the will of God, asking God that this promise to give his descendants the land of Canaan would be fulfilled.

Answered prayer demands faith on the part of the believer (Mt. 17:20; Ja. 5:15) and here we have Abram is offering up his prayer in faith, trusting that God would come through on His promise.
Pastor William E. Wenstrom. (n.d.). Genesis.

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One thought on “Praying in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ”

  1. Hi Louis,
    Ouch! Sometimes I glibly glance over weekly prayer requests from two groups I’m involved in at church. I guess I’m so bogged downwith my needs, I forget about others. Lord, please help me be more diligent about praying for others, and not focusing on myself. Forgive me for my insensitivity. In Your Precious Name, I pray. Amen!

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