To pray in Jesus' name is to pray in his stead. And this is something which had not been done until he completed the work of salvation, and so completed the name of God: Jesus (God is salvation). The sermon.
I've been a Lutheran pastor for about 30 years (LCMS), and have been here in Kewanee for about 17 of those years. Did I mention that I'm also the editor-in-chief of Gottesdienst? Check it out at www.gottesdienst.org. If you really want to see more about me, get on that Gottesdienst website and check out my cv.