Many of us have age-long language vocabularies built from upbringing, education, work environment etc from which we subconsciously draw our responses to anyone and anything. The memory bank is so vast that we all have pre-programmed responses (call it auto-response like in your phone) for any conversation we are engaged in. Well, that is why God said we should renew our mind with the Word of God, so that the new auto-response comes out instead of the old ones. Anyway, one of such pre-programmed responses that many use is ending prayers or proclamation with “By God’s grace.”
Is there anything wrong with that? That’s your thought. Well, if you are praying or affirming something that you wish done, there is something not right in closing your prayers like that.
Let me throw more light on it. Imagine you are planning to travel tomorrow. You find yourself informing a family member or a friend or a colleague about it. And you go like, “I will be traveling tomorrow.” Because of the piousness within or desire to hand it over to God or not make it look like it’s by your power, you end it with “by God’s grace!” That is, many will say: “I will be traveling tomorrow by God’s grace!“
That sounds like you, right? What about – “I will pass that exam by God’s grace!”
“By God’s grace, I will make it!” In the same way, many close their prayer with IJNIP, IJN, IJMN etc. You can read my article later on Tell Me, What Is “IJNIP” In Your Prayer?
Let me give you another example. Someone said to you: “Have you gotten your ticket for the trip?” And you will mostly likely respond “in faith” as: “I will get it this month by God’s grace.”
Hear me! There is only one way you can close your prayer; one way you can ask the Father for anything – not by God’s grace, not by reading the second stanza of your national anthem as the manners of many have become.
I believe there is grace released from God to us. And the grace multiplies as our knowledge of the Father and of Christ increase (2 Peter 1:2). I also know that we access grace through faith (Romans 5:2). And I believe that the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ is with us (2 Corinthians 13:14). The grace works in us to do every good work. And so on and so forth. You will not find anywhere in the Scriptures where the Holy Spirit instructed us to pray by God’s grace.
It is through the name of the Lord of lords, the King of kings, the Bright Morning Star, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Beginning and the End, the Alpha and Omega, the Lamb of God, the Prince of Peace. It is through:
The Name of Jesus
The Lord Jesus said in John 14: 13 & 14:
“And whatever you ask in My name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask anything in My name, I will do it.“
Look at John 16 verse 23 & 24. Jesus said, “And in that day you will ask Me nothing. Most assuredly, I say to you, whatever you ask the Father in My name He will give you. Until now you have asked nothing in My name. Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full.”
He didn’t say whatever you ask “by God’s grace, I will do.” No He didn’t. So stop closing your prayers with “by God’s grace!” Don’t argue about it. God the Father made it so.
“Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”
Did you read that? The name of Jesus Christ is the only closure for your prayers. It guarantees that the Father God will grant you your request according to His Words (let me add that). Well, I hope you are not thinking of asking God to give you your neighbor’s car. Or praying that God will remove a righteous boss from his seat so that you can become the boss. That is against God’s Words. You are covetous. Stop it.
See! The only way you ask for anything is through our Lord Jesus Christ. There is nothing scriptural in praying, “By God’s grace I will get it.” You are praying amiss, my friend. Or should I say, you are confessing amiss.
If you still don’t get it, go to Mark 16:17 and hear the Lord Jesus again:
“And these signs will follow those who believe: In My name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues; they will take up serpents; and if they drink anything deadly, it will by no means hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.”
Did you hear that again? Okay. I know it has sunk in. Replace your pre-programmed By God’s grace with In Jesus Name.
Now, go ask the Father in Jesus name and see amazing results.
Let me know your testimonies. Did you notice I didn’t say, “Let me know if it works” Faith work is not an if-situation. It works all the time.
Enjoy the song below. Glory be to God the Father!