In Jesus’ Name We Pray
The prayer that’s on backpacks and work bags of people in our church —
God of all knowledge and wisdom,
we pray your blessing on these students,
young and old, as they begin a new year.
Help them to discover
and develop the gifts
you have given them.
As they grow in knowledge,
help them also to grow in kindness and compassion,
learning respect for themselves and others.
Strengthen them with encouragement, support, and love.
in Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.
it ends like so many of our prayers, In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.
Sometimes we treat the phrase “in Jesus’ name” like a magic formula that will make everything we’ve prayed for come true.
it’s not that; it’s much more.
For a thorough discussion, grab a copy of Brian Chappell’s excellent book, Praying Backwards: Transform Your Prayer Life by Beginning in Jesus’ Name.
Just that title itself gives you a big clue where this conservative Presbyterian brother of ours is going: rather than ending your prayer with the words In Jesus’ name we pray, try starting your personal prayers that way this week.
I’d love to know what difference you find that makes for you; I’ve found it to be huge.