Saturday, April 20, 2013

Bloesch: prayer in the name of Christ

Saturday, April 20, 2013
    [Jesus:] “If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be given you.”
    —John 15:7 (NIV)
    To pray in the name of Christ means to pray in the awareness that our prayers have no worthiness or efficacy apart from his atoning sacrifice and redemptive mediation. It means to appeal to the blood of Christ as the source of power for the life of prayer. It means to acknowledge our complete helplessness apart from his mediation and intercession. To pray in his name means that we recognize that our prayers cannot penetrate the tribunal of God unless they are presented to the Father by the Son, our one Savior and Redeemer.
    ... Donald G. Bloesch (1928-2010), The Struggle of Prayer, Harper & Row, 1980, p. 36-37 (see the book)
    See also John 15:7; 14:13-14; 15:16; 16:23-26; Rom. 8:26
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, You alone have the power to answer my prayer.
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