So how do we pray in Jesus’ name, that is, in conformity to his nature? Jesus himself says, “If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you” (John 15:7). This “abide in me” is the all inclusive condition for effective intercession. It is the key for prayer in the name of Jesus. We learn to become like the branch, which receives its life from the vine: “Abide in me as I abide in you. Just as the branch cannot bear fruit by itself unless it abides in the vine, neither can you unless you abide in me” (John 15:4). Nothing is more important to a life of prayer than learning how to become a branch .
As we live this way, we develop what Thomas à Kempis calls “a familiar friendship with Jesus.” We become accustomed to his face. We distinguished the voice of the true Shepherd from that of religious hucksters in the same way professional jewelers distinguish a diamond from glass imitations— by acquaintanceship . When we have been around the genuine article long enough, the cheap and the shoddy become obvious . . . . We know even as we are known. This is how we pray in Jesus’ name.
-Richard J. Foster-
” If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you” -John 15:7
There is a vast difference between saying prayers and praying