Prayer in the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ -- By: John F. Walvoord

Journal: Bibliotheca Sacra
Volume: BSAC 091:364 (Oct 1934)
Article: Prayer in the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ
Author: John F. Walvoord

Prayer in the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ

John F. Walvoord

[Editor’s Note: This study from John’s Gospel is the Fourth Section of a much longer paper on the Biblical doctrine of Prayer submitted last year in a course on this subject under Dr. Lewis Sperry Chafer. Mr. Walvoord is an alumnus of Wheaton College, and a graduate of the Evangelical Theological College, where he is this year completing the residence work for the Th.D. Degree.-R.T.C.]


The Gospel of John is singular in many ways. One of its characteristics is that about half of the entire content is devoted to the last few days of Jesus on earth. In this portion of Scripture we have a revelation of the parting message of the Christ to His disciples which transcends the other accounts. It is to be expected that in these last important words Christ should not only sum up His previous teaching to them, and endeavor to impart to them what they needed for the coming trying days, but also that new revelation should be given for which their years together had been the preparation. In this revelation, Christ looks forward beyond His death and resurrection to this age. It is not surprising, then, that we should find in such a place the key to availing prayer.

The disciples had gathered for the last supper and had finished their celebration of the passover feast. Jesus had washed the disciples’ feet. Judas Iscariot had left the company of the disciples. Jesus begins His parting address to His disciples. It was the intimate fellowship around the table, with the background of their years together. Christ proclaimed the new commandment, that they should love one another; He had told them that He was to go to prepare a place for them; He had shown

Himself to be the revelation of God the Father. He had given them a vision of their coming task: the greater works that they should accomplish. Then, as if coming to the heart of His message, as indicative of how these greater works should be accomplished, he solemnly speaks these words, “And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it” (John 14:13, 14). We learn from John 16:14, that the disciples had asked nothing in the name of Jesus up to this time. It was a new command; a new challenge; a new revelation. The statement was clear. There was only one condition: “in my name.” There is no greater revelation concerning prayer, nor a greater challenge to enter into and claim God’s promise than in this verse. Here, then, is the ke...

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