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Q: Is it okay to end a prayer saying “in Jesus’ name?”

I grew up in a church where I was taught to always say “In the name of the Lord Jesus” or “Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.” What is the right way to conclude a prayer?

Asked by: Ruby


A: Ruby, I want to tell you that I think it’s perfectly fine for you to end a prayer in the name of Jesus.

If I were to hear that prayer, I would know that you’re talking about the Jesus of the New Testament, and we should, indeed, pray in the name of Jesus.

Now your church though, in saying that you should pray “in the name of the Lord Jesus” or “our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ,” I have to commend them, because by insisting on that is their way to make sure that everyone who hears the prayer knows that it is in the name of the Jesus of the New Testament and none other. So, I kind of like that, but it’s not necessary, it’s not required.

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