Here’s a test to see if you are praying in his name.
1. If you are praying in His name you will receive regular answers to prayer.
2. If you think you are praying in His name and you are not living according to His will then you are not really praying in His name.
3. If you pray for a certain thing “in Jesus name,” and as you are praying your prayer seems to die on your lips, then do not continue; for it is not in His name. As Duewel writes, “Any prayer that is selfish, vindictive, or with wrong motives dies on your lips when you take His name.”
4. Ask yourself this question: “Can I stay focused on God while I pray for the things I desire?” If you cannot, that is, if you hold those things up, in your mind, next to the glory of God and you find that you are naturally more focused and affectionately drawn toward those things and less focused on the glory of God, then what you are asking for in prayer is not in His name. It is an idol.