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Eye of Newt, and Toe of Frog, In the Name of Jesus, Abracadabra, Amen

What does 'praying in the name of Jesus" mean


Why is it common for Word of Faith teachers to repeat “in the name of Jesus” so frequently during prayer? Is it out of reverence for His name? Is it because they are under the impression that’s how we are commanded to pray? Or is there a presumption that the phrase amplifies the effectiveness of prayer? After all, if we can believe and conceive, and our words have power, why not throw a mantra into the potion?

Here is but one example of the “in the name of Jesus” incantation. Since Joyce Meyer speaks rapidly, I have included a transcript below the video:



Transcript: How many of you have some kind of pain or sickness in your body? See? Oh my gosh. Just imagine; no wonder the devil wants us to feel bad; imagine what we could do if we had full energy (crowd screams and cheers). Okay, Father, I pray in the name of Jesus, the name that is above every name. And I believe that we have authority to pray in that name. I bind Satan; we join our faith together and we bind the devil and every demon, principality and power and we especially bind demons of infirmity and sickness. And we cast them out…in the name of Jesus. We say they have no access to our lives. And if we’re giving them any, God, we’ve opened the door, then show us how we’ve opened that door and give us the common sense and the wisdom to close it. I pray for people who need mental healing, emotional healing, and physical healing, that you would heal us in every area of our life. So I speak over you today, the Word of God and I say, “Be healed” in the name of Jesus. Amen. Amen, amen, amen, amen, amen!

I won’t discuss the Word of Faith Movement’s teachings on healing* or spiritual warfare** in this blog post, as I want to stay on topic. However, since Meyer’s conference was named “Love Life”, it’s not surprising that there would be guidance on how to obtain carnal wants. This is not unexpected, as Joyce Meyer is merely feeding her followers what they desire to hear. If she held a conference titled “Whoever Loves Her Life Will Lose It” (John 12:25), the stadium would be empty.

Meyer used “the name of Jesus” four times during her one-minute prayer on the video clip. So, the $64 000 question is this: was she praying in Jesus’ name?

What’s In a Name?

To do something in someone’s name means we do it according to that person’s character, will, values, and with the person’s blessing and/or authority. As believers, we have access to God through Jesus Christ, the only mediator between God and man (1 Timothy 2:5).

Thy Will Be Done

Praying in Jesus’ name equals praying according to the will of God (1 John 5:14-15) and for things that will glorify and honor Him. When Jesus told His disciples that whatever they asked in His name would be granted to them, He was teaching that our prayers need to be consistent with what is His will.

Whose Name Is Being Prayed In?

Concerning Meyer’s sample prayer: Is it Jesus’ will and purpose to bind, cast out Satan, and to deny Satan access to our lives? Is it His will and purpose to heal us mentally, emotionally, physically and in every area of our lives? I’m unaware of any verse that supports these claims. Were the audience members healed? Did anyone wonder why no one was healed?

In these pagan circles, Jesus’ name is heralded as a magical incantation which orders God to grant requests without any regard for His will. Our God is our sovereign Lord; He does not kowtow to us; in fact, He abhors superstition and sorcery (Deuteronomy 18:10).

If they are not praying in the name of Jesus, then in whose name is the audience praying? Whose will are they asking to be done? It might be tempting to think these followers are praying in the name of Joyce Meyer, but they are praying in the name of the father of lies (John 8:22;1 John 5:19Ephesians 2:22 Timothy 2:26). “For all that is in the world—the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride of life—is not from the Father but is from the world” (1 John 2:16). These worldly desires are what Meyer and the rest of the Word of Faith Movement pray and believe for. These fleshly desires represent the name, character, and values of Satan, who seeks and destroys (1 Peter 5:8).

Am I suggesting that anyone who ends prayers with “in the name of Jesus” is practicing superstition? No, not at all. I’m asking that we check our motives. Are we using “in the name of Jesus” to signal the end of the prayer? To remind us with gratitude of the Son who secured us direct access to our Father? And suppose we step out of this habit–if it is one, of course–and end our prayers with a sufficient “amen”, do our hearts skip a beat because we wonder whether God has heard our prayers, that the prayer has somehow lost power? Do we become confused and falter in the faith that was not secured in the name above all names (Philippians 2:9)? We should always examine ourselves to see if we are in the faith (2 Corinthians 13:5).

What a glorious, undeserved gift we have – access to our Creator, the Alpha and Omega. Let us pray for wisdom to know the will of God, and let’s focus on what pleases Him, on what will have eternal impact for His Kingdom, and on what will glorify His glorious name.

Soli Deo Gloria,


Further Reading:

* The Word of Faith Movement’s false view of healing

** Binding and Loosing

Where Two or More Are Gathered” relates to church discipline




21 Comments on Eye of Newt, and Toe of Frog, In the Name of Jesus, Abracadabra, Amen

  1. Susie
    April 30, 2015 at 12:36 am (2 years ago)

    So then I have to ask… When are we to say, “In the name of Jesus?”

    • Pamela
      April 30, 2015 at 11:23 am (2 years ago)

      Hi Susie, you can say it whenever you please – I’ve heard some people say at the beginning of a prayer as it reminds them in whose authority they are approaching the throne of God in. The important thing is to make sure you’re praying in the authority and will of Jesus and not using it as a mantra to ‘boost’ prayer. I was taught over and over that saying ‘in the name of Jesus’ especially ‘where 2 or more are gathered’ would ensure that God would answer my prayers favorably. Now I end my prayers with a simple “amen”, having faith that I have prayed a prayer that reflects His will, and therefore I have prayed in His name. To each his (her!) own. This article explains it succinctly. http://www.gotquestions.org/pray-Jesus-name.html.

      I appreciate your question.

      Have a blessed day,

  2. Jen
    April 30, 2015 at 2:21 pm (2 years ago)

    Hi Pamela! This is a good article…I have often wondered if if it’s biblical that we, as Christians, can speak to satan and “bind him in the name of Jesus” and “cast him out” like SO many teach and preach in our western “christian” world today. To me that seems to be opening up a potential avenue into the spiritual activity of the enemy.

    When I was a new infant Christian and coming out of the anorexic lifestyle, I listened to Joyce Meyer and was intrigued by spiritual warfare and how it worked. I would “bind & cast out demons” in the name of Jesus only to have a sense of oppression move around me and at times, freak me out! Once I stopped doing that and simply praying for the Lord to do that work by His means, I was no longer “pressed” upon by those “icky” spiritual attacks.

    The more I study The Word and learn about God’s ways, the more I just simply hold fast to the armor of God scripture and I remind myself that the battle is not mine and it belongs to the Lord. Reading, singing & speaking God’s truths are what helps me out the greatest when the darkness tries to invade my thoughts and the light of that truth shines through any possible “attack” from the enemy and ruler of this world!

    Have a blessed day and thanks for all you share with us!
    With love…Jen

    • Pamela
      April 30, 2015 at 2:47 pm (2 years ago)

      Hi Jen,

      Thank you for your encouragement, sister!

      I agree, Jen. I too rebuked and ‘cast out’, and my focus was on demons all the time. Lots of oppression. Someone once said, “if we’re all binding Satan, who keeps loosing him?” Your points were well said and at this moment I needed to hear that the battle is His. Thank you.

      I’ve been listening to Justin Peter’s series on Spiritual Warfare; he and his Pastor are debunking the false spiritual movement. I think they’re on part 5 of 11 currently. This is part 1: https://archive.org/details/JustinPetersProgram3-16-15. It’s interesting seeing it from this side now. Praise God He has delivered us from the lies. Merciful, indeed.

      Again thank you for writing. Lots of gems in your message!

      Love and blessings,

      • Jen
        April 30, 2015 at 3:36 pm (2 years ago)

        I like that “if we’re all binding satan, who keeps loosing him?!!!” That is good.

        Thank you for the link to Justin Peters and his pastor….I just started listening to it and I know I will enjoy this!!

        I’m praising God for his saving grace and that He has delivered us from the lies with you dear sister!!

        • Pamela
          April 30, 2015 at 3:47 pm (2 years ago)

          I was listening to the series from the links on Justin Peters’ facebook page, but it looks like there are more up here. And look – part 6 is about binding Satan lol. This should be good.


          I praised God regarding us as well! 🙂

          • Jen
            April 30, 2015 at 4:36 pm (2 years ago)

            Great…thanks for this too! I do love learning the biblical truth about spiritual warfare and we as Christians are to use the Word as it’s intended!

            It almost seems as though people are looking for more excitement & a “lively” way of dealing with spirits and strongholds/sins than what God wants us too?!?

            If I can share this, I heard a comment about Kay Arthur on pt 1 that in one of her studies she was using more of the “ways of spiritual warfare” that is common in the modern day “church” today which are not biblical. That surprised me since I thought she tended to be a woman of the Word? I have not done her studies but know many in our church who do.

          • Pamela
            April 30, 2015 at 4:49 pm (2 years ago)

            You’re welcome! I love learning about it as well – and Justin has such a humble way confronting the lies.

            I agree – excitement, experiences, and secret knowledge. How exhausting, lol. Rest in Christ – so much better. Resist the devil and he will flee.

            That’s interesting about Kay Arthur, I didn’t realize she was moving that way. I’ve read reports of her involvement with contemplative prayer: http://www.buzzfeed.com/awesomer/the-28-greatest-moments-in-the-history-of-sarcasm#.qiGxAoYy6 and http://www.lighthousetrailsresearch.com/blog/?tag=kay-arthur

            As well as Anne Graham Lotz: http://www.donotbesurprised.com/2013/05/anne-graham-lotz-and-her-narcissistic.html

            Contemplative prayer is everywhere. 🙁

          • Jen
            April 30, 2015 at 4:41 pm (2 years ago)

            Oops…I meant to say “HOW” we as Christians are to use the Word as it’s intended! My typing is quick and I’m not catching things to quickly today….

          • Pamela
            April 30, 2015 at 4:50 pm (2 years ago)


          • Jen
            April 30, 2015 at 5:45 pm (2 years ago)

            Wow…wow….I just looked at the “Do Not be Surprised” blog on Anne Lotz (I did not know she was Billy Graham’s daughter) and I am appalled at how she took the Word out of it’s original meaning in many ways and also about how she made it about herself! Sadly, that “self” is a common trait in bible study today.

            I looked at the stuff on Kay Arthur and it saddens me how so how many bible teachers are turning towards things like contemplative prayer, listening prayer, spiritual “disciplines” and prayer journaling! At the suggestion of a woman that I thought was a solid bible based person, (I am not as sure of that anymore) I did prayer journaling for a while and boy….I could have written a pretty “exciting” book by all that went on in my own mind as I was thinking it was from the Holy Spirit!

            I stopped doing that and actually felt “lonely” for a while becuz I was not having that inner conversation that I had gotten used to doing. I’m grateful that the Lord opened my eyes to all of that and has shown me that all I need to know is written right in His word! 🙂

          • Pamela
            April 30, 2015 at 6:10 pm (2 years ago)

            So true about “self” being the focus in bible study. I love the word ‘narcegesis’ lol.

            Prayer journaling – the enemy is cunning, eh? I wonder how many more Jesus-Calling-type books are going to come out.

            Amen! His word is all we need! 🙂

          • Jen
            April 30, 2015 at 6:30 pm (2 years ago)

            “Narcegesis” would be the word for the so called christian world today…the more about “me/self” the better & the more “purpose” there is to discover…..lol!!

            Yeah….prayer “journaling” is used very well by the enemy and it will probably produce more books like Jesus Calling because it “feels” so real, so intimate and so “good/right”!! For as much as I like to write, I could have been led astray by that type of stuff. I am glad the Lord “uncrusted” the scales from my eyes and brought me to reality! 🙂

            I like Warren Smith’s “Another Jesus Calling” book, that is what we need more of but sadly I wonder how many frown at his and continue to soak & bathe in the Jesus Calling stuff?!

          • Pamela
            April 30, 2015 at 7:17 pm (2 years ago)

            So true!

            I’m glad He removed the scales too!

            I like Smith’s book as well. In my experience the warnings aren’t taken too well with Jesus Calling – that “still small voice” thing has a lot of people confused. But, God showed us the deception and I’m sure He’s setting many more people free 🙂

          • Jen
            April 30, 2015 at 8:15 pm (2 years ago)

            Amen ~ I believe He is setting more people free and is using people like you to help out in that deception! Thank you for your passion to serve Him so faithfully! 🙂

          • Pamela
            April 30, 2015 at 8:16 pm (2 years ago)

            Thank you again for the encouragement. Nice “chatting’ with you! 🙂

          • Jen
            April 30, 2015 at 8:19 pm (2 years ago)

            It was nice chatting with you too ~ it’s so nice to be able to share openly with “like-minded” friends!!

  3. Susie
    May 1, 2015 at 12:47 am (2 years ago)

    Ladies… Will you talk to me about prayer journaling? I’ve done some but find that I am not often patient enough to do it. I also feel that when I write I’m fairly focused on the issue of someone reading it if and when I die. So I never felt truly comfortable writing. Besides, I spend most of my time trying to walk the walk which is sometimes difficult, but that’s where I focus my energy. People can talk all day long, but how they behave towards others and in their day to day tasks is what I feel matters most. I wish you lived near me Pamela, so I could spend time in study with you.

    • Pamela
      May 1, 2015 at 1:22 am (2 years ago)

      Hi Susie!

      You ladies have been reading my mind today. I was researching Lectio Divina today as well as prayer journalling which involves the ‘listen to the still small voice’ practice. I’m not disciplined with journalling – I’ll note if the Holy Spirit illumines something for me while I read the Bible, or if I read something that will help me “walk the walk” as you say. I do a weekly review as a ‘check up’ on my walk – that’s never fun ;-). I’ll see what I can gather regarding biblical prayer journalling. Any suggestions are appreciated! Bible study together does sound nice, Susie. 😀


  4. Mel
    January 22, 2016 at 9:05 pm (2 years ago)

    Let’s look at this scripturally.

    “Okay, Father, I pray in the name of Jesus, the name that is above every name. And I believe that we have authority to pray in that name.”

    Technically the above is sound and correct. Philippians 2:9 & 10.

    ” I bind Satan; we join our faith together and we bind the devil and every demon, principality and power and we especially bind demons of infirmity and sickness. And we cast them out…in the name of Jesus.”

    I will side step binding here as I really think it is out of step with biblical teaching. Too long to go into but here are some scriptures that support taking authority over demons and sickness. Why she could not just say “Be Healed in Jesus Name” with faith and leave it at that not sure for it isn’t our words that do the work here we are trusting in the power of the Lord.

    Matthew 10:1 Jesus summoned His twelve disciples and gave them authority over unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal every kind of disease and every kind of sickness.

    James 5:13 Is anyone among you suffering? Then he must pray. Is anyone cheerful? He is to sing praises. 14Is anyone among you sick? Then he must call for the elders of the church and they are to pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord; 15and the prayer offered in faith will restore the one who is sick, and the Lord will raise him up, and if he has committed sins, they will be forgiven him.

    Mark 16:15 And he said to them, “Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation. 16 Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned. 17 And these signs will accompany those who believe: in my name they will cast out demons; they will speak in new tongues; 18 they will pick up serpents with their hands; and if they drink any deadly poison, it will not hurt them; they will lay their hands on the sick, and they will recover.”

    If you are a cessationist you won’t agree with these scriptures but the scriptures are there pre & post Jesus dying on the Cross. As to who has this power, anointed men who are like the apostles? I can’t cover this here but you can see Jesus did pass on His authority and God has given scripture for anointed leaders of Churches to pray for healing.

    “We say they have no access to our lives. And if we’re giving them any, God, we’ve opened the door, then show us how we’ve opened that door and give us the common sense and the wisdom to close it.”

    Nothing wrong with asking God have we been foolish in letting the devil into our lives or allowing the devil to somehow control us and sickness we know from the book of Job is a way the devil can attack our bodies. Scriptures. The book of Job, Ephesians 6 from around verse 10 waring against the principalities of darkness etc and putting on the full armor of God.

    ” I pray for people who need mental healing, emotional healing, and physical healing, that you would heal us in every area of our life. So I speak over you today, the Word of God and I say, ‘Be healed’ in the name of Jesus. Amen. Amen, amen, amen, amen, amen!”

    Nothing wrong with praying for emotional, mental & physical. The Bible has various scriptures about our emotions/mental health as well as healing for the body.

    Psalm 34:18 The LORD is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit.

    John 14:27 Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.

    Psalm 147: 3 He heals the brokenhearted And binds up their wounds.

    So we can with scripture support most of this prayer. I have not covered binding and losing and don’t want to got there. So what if she used the name of Jesus a few times. You have to judge her salvation to say she doesn’t have the right to the Name of Jesus. I am not able to judge. So you say why didn’t people walk away healed? Well that is no test either as Jesus couldn’t heal at times as well. Yes Jesus who is God had failed to heal in his own home town. Mark6:3-4-6. People are probably not instantly healed when you pray does that mean you are not a Saved Believer?

    I have doubts about Joyce Meyer but based on actual false teachings she has been preaching not for her prayer style. If you are going to criticize someone do so using scriptures even Jesus took on the devil by proving his heresy in pointing to scripture saying “It is Written”. Call out the actual way they twisted God’s Word or clearly teaching something else not of God. So the prayer may not be to your standards but you have not proved she is actually casting spells here. Be careful for you could be yourself attributing what is of God to what is of the devil and that my friend is what the Pharisees did when Jesus was healing and casting out demons. Now do not get me wrong Joyce Meyer has certainly not proven herself a Healer of God and I am not saying she is Jesus but what did the pharisees do? The pharisees were accusing the Holy Spirit being used in what Jesus was doing as being of Satan. That was the crime blasphemy of the Holy Spirit. You want to be really careful with that accusation. It is the unforgivable sin. Don’t worry about Joyce Meyer she will have to account for herself and you are accountable for your article here.


    • Pamela
      January 22, 2016 at 9:49 pm (2 years ago)

      Hi Mel,

      Thank you for taking the time to write such an in-depth comment!

      I’m in agreement with you that binding Satan is not Scriptural.

      Regarding spiritual warfare, Michael the archangel himself did not rebuke Satan but instead left that for Jesus to handle (Jude 1:9). I will add a link below to my article on spiritual warfare (I was involved in it for many years), but more importantly, Justin Peters and Jim Osman have an audio series on the spiritual warfare movement that is very very good. The links to the audio can be difficult to find, so I linked them at the end of the article. Please take a listen.

      You are correct – as a Cessationist, I believe that the sign gifts were just that – a sign that verified the truth of the Gospel. Additionally, tongues were an actual language – I have never heard actual languages being spoken when people speak in ‘tongue’ today (and when I spoke in ‘tongues’ I didn’t speak an actual language). All I’ve heard is gibberish which is exactly what Paul was warning about. As for healing, IF people are being healed by faith-healers today, why doesn’t it look like the healing that appeared in the Bible? People were raised from the dead, healing was instant, healing took place over distances, and people were healed through the faith of another – even unbelievers were healed! That simply isn’t happening in the Church today.

      I do believe that God still heals today and performs miracles and I believe that we can pray for healing. I pray for healing for myself and others (spiritual/emotional/physical) every day. But healing is not guaranteed. If it were, people would be able to live forever because we could rebuke illnesses, aging and death.

      I was not judging Meyer’s salvation. I was commenting on how she and others use “in the name of Jesus”.

      I have covered the false teachings of Meyers in other posts and I have used Scripture. The most glaring heresy is when she says she’s not a sinner – 1 John 1:8 If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.

      I don’t have standards for prayer, I do my best to follow Scripture’s standards for prayer.

      Joyce Meyer is teaching many damnable errors and I stand by what I have written. I’m not “worried” about Joyce Meyer, I am exposing error, which we are commanded to do (Ephesians 5:11; Titus 1:10-11, etc).

      You misinterpreted the passage about blaspheming the Holy Spirit. I will include a link below which explains it better than I could. A believer cannot commit this unforgivable sin – it’s impossible.

      Again, thank you for commenting; discussion is good when done in a Christ-like manner.

      God bless you,

      Blaspheming the Spirit: http://www.gotquestions.org/blasphemy-Holy-Spirit.html



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