How to Pray - Add a Simple Phrase to All Your Prayers to Amplify Their Impact

How to Pray - Add a Simple Phrase to All Your Prayers to Amplify Their Impact

While praying eloquently is a skill that can take a good deal of time to develop, there is one simple phrase you can add immediately to all of your prayers to magnify their power

Tags: how to pray, prayer request, Jesus, eloquent


I have a confession to make. For a long time, I did not feel like I knew how to pray well. This feeling started with a relatively anemic prayer life as a Catholic and was amplified by listening to others pray well in Presbyterian circles!

Now it is true that there is no “right” way to pray. However, you may find yourself wanting to pray more eloquently.

Being around other Christians, I started being exposed to a different kind of prayer. In small group settings, in discipleship early morning meetings, and at Church on Sundays, I could hear the ways that other, more mature, Christians, put their words together and I was humbled!

A deep desire to learn how to pray well was ignited within me. Their eloquent words seemed to deliver prayers that carried more depth and meaning than my typical approach which included phrases such as “Lord, help me have a good day at the office today” and “God, help my kids learn about You”. Again, there is nothing wrong with these prayers… I simply knew I wanted more!

So, I started listening intently to the words of other praying Christians, hoping that some of their language would infiltrate my own. Of course, this is a process that takes time, investment in reading and understanding the Bible, and praying out-loud with other Christians.

However, there is one VERY SIMPLE technique you can consider adding today with all your future prayer requests. That simple step is to add the following words at the end of all your prayers: ...in Jesus’ name, Amen.

I would hear this phrase when other Christians prayed. I knew I liked it. But I did not really understand its meaning fully until once when I was reading my Bible.

On that day, I came across the following quote from Jesus (John 14:12-14):
...And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it.
Coming across this passage not only educated me on why I heard this phrase so often, but it also highlighted for me the POWER of speaking these words in prayer.

Jesus Himself utters these words… I cannot imagine a better source for not only the suggestion itself, but also the outcomes tied to the action. Specifically, ...I will do it.

Of course, there are iterations of this phrase that capture the intent (e.g., in His precious name, in the name of Your Son, etc.). The key is to present all of your future prayer requests with this tagline. And then watch Jesus work to deliver your deepest needs and desires.

Please share how praying in Jesus’ name has impacted your own prayer life in the comments section below…

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