Post Author: Bill Pratt
There are at least six ways that Jesus claimed to be God. The sixth way is that Jesus Claimed to Be God by Requesting Prayer in His Name. Again, I will draw heavily from Norman Geisler’s Volume 2 of his Systematic Theology series.
Nobody before Jesus, among Hebrew prophets, ever insisted that people pray in his name. But that would all change when Jesus entered the scene in ancient Judea and Galilee.
Jesus not only asked people to believe in Him and obey His commandments, but He also asked them to pray in His name: “And I will do whatever you ask in my name.… You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it” (John 14:13–14). “If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be given you” (John 15:7). Jesus even insisted, “No one comes to the Father except through me” (John 14:6).
The disciples responded by doing just what Jesus told them.
The disciples not only prayed in Jesus’ name (1 Cor. 5:4) but also prayed to Christ (Acts 7:59). Jesus certainly intended that His name be invoked both before God and as God in prayer.
This ends the series of evidences for Jesus claiming both directly and indirectly to be God. We have yet to cover all of the words of his apostles about his deity. That will follow in another series of posts.
But before going there, it is fitting to end this series with some words from C. S. Lewis about Jesus’ deity.
Among these Jews there suddenly turns up a man who goes about talking as if He was God. He claims to forgive sins. He says He has always existed. He says He is coming to judge the world at the end of time. Now let us get this clear. Among Pantheists, like the Indians, anyone might say that he was a part of God, or one with God: there would be nothing very odd about it. But this man, since He was a Jew, could not mean that kind of God. God, in their language, meant the Being outside the world Who made it and was infinitely different from anything else. And when you have grasped that, you will see that what this man said was, quite simply, the most shocking thing that has ever been uttered by human lips.
You either believe Jesus or you don’t, but please don’t think that you don’t have to make a choice about him. If he really is God, then you owe him your very life.