Claiming the power that is in Christ’s name is not some complicated, hidden theological truth. There are books in my library that are written solely on the subject of Jesus’ name. The authors wrote them to help believers understand the deep implications hidden in Christ’s name, but most of these books are so “deep” that they go right over readers’ heads.

I believe the truth we’re meant to know about Jesus’ name is simple enough that a child could understand it. When we make our requests in Jesus’ name, we’re to be fully persuaded that it’s the same as if Jesus himself were asking the Father.

How could this be true? Let me explain.

We know that God loved his Son. He spoke with Jesus and taught him during his time on earth. God not only heard but answered every request his Son made. Jesus testified to this, saying, “Father, I thank you that you have heard me. And I know that you always hear me” (John 11:41-42, NKJV). In short, the Father never denied his Son any request.

Today, all who believe in Jesus are clothed in his sonship. The heavenly Father receives us as intimately as he receives his own Son. Why? It’s because of our spiritual union with Christ. Through his crucifixion and resurrection, Jesus has made us one with the Father. “That they all may be one, as you, Father, are in me, and I in you; that they also may be one in us, that the world may believe that you sent me” (John 17:21).

Simply put, we are now family, one with the Father and one with the Son. We’ve been adopted with the full rights of inheritance possessed by any child. This means all the power and resources of heaven are made available to us through Christ.

Praying “in the name of Jesus” is not a formula. It is not the phrase that has power in simply speaking it. The power is in believing that Jesus takes up our cause and brings it to the Father on his own merits. He is our advocate; he is doing the asking for us. The power is in fully trusting that God never denies his own Son and that we are the beneficiary of the Father’s utter faithfulness to his Son.