In a crowd of people if you hear your name, there’s this urge to go and hear what’s being said. God loves hearing his name and discovering what you have to say to him, or about him, in prayer.

Notes And Next Steps

Luke 18:9-14  + Part 2 of the series “Dear God..."

“Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved.” (Acts 4:12)

People in the Bible who prayed in their own name, or prayed in God’s name …

“I should start upstream where the flow begins. When I shift direction, I realize that God already cares about my concerns.”

“God’s name is kept holy when his Word is taught in its truth and purity, and we as children of God lead holy lives according to it.”

We constantly pray for you, that our God may make you worthy of his calling. (2 Thessalonians 1:11)

that by his power he may bring to fruition your every desire for goodness and your every deed prompted by faith. (2 Thessalonians 1:11)

We pray this so that the name of our Lord Jesus may be glorified in you, and you in him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ. (2 Thessalonians 1:12)


  1. For your reflection: Do you tend to pray more about the past or the future? About people or projects? How often do you ask others to pray for you? How often do others ask you to pray for them? 
  2. List some people in the Bible who prayed in their own name, or in God’s name.
  3. How do you answer someone who says, “I can’t pray because I’m not worthy”? Read Luke chapter 18. How does Jesus answer that question?
  4. What is the difference between a shopping list prayer and a whiteboard prayer? Write down the date and time when you will pray like a whiteboard, exploring a deeper prayer life.