2nd, January 2017
John 14:13 & 14
And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it.
Before Jesus ascended to heaven, He gave His disciples (and by extension us) the privilege and honour to use His name. He expressly told His disciples, whilst He was on the earth, that whatsoever they were to ask in His name would be granted.
As children of the Kingdom we already know that we pray in the name of Jesus. This however does not simply mean that we are to end all our communication with the Father with the clause ‘in the Name of Jesus’. Praying in the name of Jesus is much more than that. It also doesn’t imply that if we do not end our communication with the Father with the afore-mentioned clause, He would not listen to us. In the Bible, we see numerous prayers made by the Apostle Paul for the church that didn’t end in that clause.
Praying in the name of Jesus means that we communicate with the Father solely because of what our Lord Jesus did for us by His death and resurrection. We come boldly to the throne of grace, as the scripture points out, because we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God (Hebrews 4: 14 – 16).
Praying in the name of Jesus means that we pray with the understanding that we are doing so in Christ’s stead as it relates to the activities on this earth; for as the Father had sent Him (Jesus), so has He (Jesus) sent us (John 20: 21).
Praying in the name of Jesus is not about how we end our prayers, it is about the consciousness with which we make our prayers.
I come boldly before the throne of grace because of what my Lord Jesus has done and who He has made me. I communicate with the Father with the understanding that I am doing so in Christ’s stead. I understand what it means to pray in the name of Jesus and I choose to pray the right way. Hallelujah!!
Colossians 3: 17 And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.
2 Corinthians 5: 20 So we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were making His appeal through us; we [as Christ’s representatives] plead with you on behalf of Christ to be reconciled to God.
Extracted from our Daily walk of perfection(January 2017). Get this months devotional at: https://iiconlinestore.biz/index.php?route=product/category&path=68