In Jesus’ Name, Amen

Prayer is not asking. It is a longing of the soul. It is daily admission of one’s weakness. It is better in prayer to have a heart without words than words without a heart. ~Mahatma Gandhi

She tipped her head to the side like a curious dog. She held my hands a little longer and then sat back.

“You’re the only person I’ve ever prayed with that didn’t end, ‘in Jesus’ name, amen.'”

I knew she wanted an explanation. I didn’t really have one.

I know scripture says no one comes to the Father except through Jesus his son. But I don’t see that as a formula for ending a prayer.

And though I know Jesus gave us an example of prayer in the Sermon on the Mount and in the Parable of the Pharisee and the Tax Collector, I see a lot of other prayers that don’t seem formulaic.

What I do see is specific, detailed prayer. Conversations between man and God that draw the speaker, as well as the ones being prayed over, closer to God.

None of this “Be with George and Frank and Mary.”

No “Forgive me when I screw up.”

Look at Paul’s prayer for the Colossians (1:9b-14):

9 . . . We continually ask God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all the wisdom and understanding that the Spirit gives,10 so that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God, 11 being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience,12 and giving joyful thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of his holy people in the kingdom of light. 13 For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves, 14 in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.

Are you asking for God to strengthen your friends and family so they can endure and be patient? Do you ask that they be filled with the Spirit’s wisdom and understanding? And do you bother about their good works and spiritual growth?

What are you really asking God?

Take some time today to lay your cards out on the table. Stop hiding your true desires and intentions. Let God into the deepest, darkest most secret places of your soul.

He wants to join you there.

His light is ready.


And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people. Ephesians 6:18 NIV

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