In Jesus' Name, Amen

Bob Eddy

Have you ever wondered why it is a practice among Christians to close our prayers with the phrase "In Jesus' name, Amen"? From my early childhood days all the prayers that were uttered publicly (and no doubt privately) were always ended the same way. I was taught from childhood to end my prayers in this manner.

There is a trend going around the brotherhood today discouraging prayers in the name (or by the authority) of Jesus Christ. Their rationale goes something like this: Since Christ's model prayer (Matthew 6) does not end with "In Jesus' name, Amen," why should we verbalize it? And, since there is no example of the prayers prayed by Christ, the apostles, or disciples in the New Testament ending with "In Jesus' name, Amen," where is our authority to do it? Good question, indeed!

True, Christ's model prayer didn't end with the phrase, "In Jesus' name, Amen," but it did end with the word "Amen." Since Christ was the authority, we can conclude that it was "by the authority" of Christ that he taught his disciples this prayer.

The word "Amen" simply means "So be it," or "Let it be so." Oft times it is used to reinforce a statement. It is so used twelve times in Deuteronomy, chapter 27. It is also used in 1 Corinthians 14:15 to voice one's approval of a public prayer. Here Paul writes: "Else when thou shalt bless with the spirit, how shall he that occupieth the room of the unlearned say Amen at thy giving of thanks, seeing he understandeth not what thou sayest?" At least one time it is used as the name of God. (Revelation 3:14)

But the word "Amen" is not really the issue here. It is the phrase: "In Jesus' name."

Paul writes in Colossians 3:17, "And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name (or by the authority) of the Lord Jesus ..." Christ tells us, in John 14:13, "And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son."

Based on the above, I will continue to conclude all my prayers "In the name of Jesus Christ, Amen." -4898 Oroszy Ave., Lorain, OH 44055.


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