Each time you pray in the coming week, begin by saying, “Lord, I want my prayer to be in the name of Jesus. Please let all I pray be motivated by Jesus, consistent with the heart of Jesus, and for the glory of Jesus.” If you are not confident your prayer reflects the will and desire of Jesus, slow down and ask yourself if you should be praying in this manner. If you are confident your prayer is consistent with the desires of the Savior and honoring to your heavenly Father, when you finish your prayer, speak these words with authority and confidence: “In the name of Jesus, Amen!”
Sherry Harney serves as the leadership development director at Shoreline Community Church in Monterey, California. She is also the cofounder of Organic Outreach International. Her writing and speaking focuses on prayer, spiritual formation, leadership, and organic outreach.
Excerpts from Praying with Eyes Wide Open: A Life-Changing Way to Talk with God by Sherry Harney with Kevin G. Harney. Used by permission of the publisher, Baker Books, a division of Baker Publishing Group. Copyright 2017. All rights reserved.