6 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father, except through me.
Some believe that it is impossible for a prayer to be heard by the Almighty unless they pray to Him by using his Son’s name, Jesus. But is this so, and is this what this passage at John 14:6 is all about?
For those who think that the “I am” part refers to Yahweh, the Almighty, please see “What about ‘I AM?’ “
There are many examples in the Bible where people’s prayers were heard by the Almighty, before the Messiah gave his life as a corresponding sacrifice. King David is an excellent example. Abraham, Job, and Noah were among those considered righteous by God. They did not need a perfect sacrifice in order to have their prayers heard by the Almighty. God will hear the prayers of those who whole-heartily search for him.
The passage at John 14:6 primarily deals with those who will rise at Christ’s return and take their proper place in God’s kingdom. Jesus is talking about preparing places for them. But he has to leave first then come back. John 13:36 – John 14:6; Zechariah 3:1-9; Revelation 6:9-11. God’s kingdom, once the “Bride” is complete and is “married” to Jesus, replaces Satan and his “woman,” “Babylon the Great” when the kingdom comes down from heaven (Revelation 11:15; 21) Of course, all who desire to be saved, no matter their position in the new world under God’s kingdom. This salvation is only possible by the sacrifice of the Lamb of God, Jesus (Rev. 5:6-10; 7:9-10). Thus, this passage at John 14:6 can be properly viewed to involve all those who submit to God’s kingdom (Psalms 2). But it does not mean that someone has to use Jesus’ name in a prayer, for the Almighty to hear it. Otherwise, why did not Jesus ready his followers to include this thought while instructing them how to pray, as found in Matthew 6?