But when King Uzziah became strong, he grew arrogant, and that led to his downfall. He defied the Lord his God by going into the Temple to burn incense on the altar of incense. – 2 Chronicles 26:16 GNT
Why is it that there seems to be a pull away from praying? In Uzziah’s case, the temptation to be something he wasn’t and to approach God in a role that God never invited him into. There is this desire to worship something that is not meant to be worshipped or to give higher honour to something that replaces my desire to only honour God.
How I approach my Creator God in prayer is important – if for a moment there is an expression of pride (like Uzziah) – what a warning signal that would be. The other side of pride is not praying at all because I believe I have no need to pray to Him.
I am called to come humbly, as a servant of the Lord, and yet I can come boldly. It is in the coming with a humble heart that I can expect Him to hear and answer my prayer.
Prayer in the name of Christ has power with God. God is well pleased with His Son Jesus Christ. He hears Him always, and He also hears always the prayer that is really in His name. There is a fragrance in the name of Christ that makes acceptable to God every prayer that bears it.
But what is it to pray in the name of Christ?
Many explanations have been attempted that to ordinary minds do not explain. But there is nothing mystical or mysterious about this expression. If one will go through the Bible and examine all the passages in which the expression “in My name” or “in His name” or synonymous expressions are used, he will find that it means just about what it does in modern usage. If I go to a bank and hand in a check with my name signed to it, I ask of that bank IN MY OWN NAME. If I have money deposited in that bank, the check will be cashed; if not, it will not be. If, however, I go to a bank with somebody else’s name signed to the check, I am asking IN HIS NAME, and it does not matter whether I have money in that bank or any other, if the person whose name is signed to the check has money there, the check will be cashed.
If, for example, I should go to the First National Bank of Chicago, and present a check which I had signed for $50.00, the paying teller would say to me: “Why, Mr. Torrey, we cannot cash that. You have no money in this bank.” But if I should go to the First National Bank with a check for $5,000.00 made payable to me, and signed by one of the large depositors in that bank, they would not ask whether I had money in that bank or in any bank, but would honor the check at once.
So it is when I go to the bank of heaven, when I go to God in prayer. I have nothing deposited there, I have absolutely no credit there, and if I go in my own name I will get absolutely nothing; but Jesus Christ has unlimited credit in heaven, and He has granted to me the privilege of going to the bank with His name on my checks, and when I thus go, my prayers will be honored to any extent. – R.A. Torrey