Prayer Part 7- In Jesus name
Why do we have to mention Jesus name when we pray? Is that what the Bible told us to do? Is that the way and the truth to acknowledge the Son’s work? To whom are we to pray, the Father, the Son, or the Holy Spirit?
John 14:13-14 where prayer in Jesus’ name has been mentioned. “And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Son may bring glory to the Father. You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it.” Some treat this verse as a guarantee of granted request, thinking that saying “in Jesus’ name” at the beginning of a prayer and most of the time at the end will results in God granting the favor being asked. This may seems to be like an assurance of an answered prayer. Treating the words “in Jesus’ name” as the key to answered prayer is definitely unbiblical.
When we pray using the name of Jesus means we pray with His authority and asking God the Father to act upon it, because we come in the name of His Son, Jesus, thus giving the Father no choice but to grant the request. Is that the way it works? We cannot dictate God to give what we want by praying in Jesus' name. God answers prayer according to His will, his time and in conjunction with the purity of the heart of those who ask.
Praying to anyone or anything other than God is idolatry. “I am the LORD; that is my name! I will not give my glory to another or my praise to idols” (Isaiah 42:8). It is also very clearly stated in Isaiah 48:11 that the LORD’s name is sacred “For my own sake, for my own sake, I do it, for how my name should be profaned? My glory I will not give to another”
Saying “in Jesus’ name” either from the beginning or at the end of a prayer is not a supernatural command but for everyone’s convictions. Lord’s Prayer does not suggest attaching his name in prayer he taught his disciples. If what we ask for or say in prayer is not for God’s glory and according to His will, saying “in Jesus’ name” is with no effect and will not be charge to you or will be a burden for your prayer not to be heard by the Father. For Jesus himself said that “whatever the Father gave him in no way he will reject.”
What is important and acceptable is a pure and genuine prayer acknowledging Jesus' name as the Son of God who is faithful to finish the mission he was assigned to do and to the Father for all His love to His children; faithful to his word and His will to be with us forever. His glory is what is important, not attaching certain words either from the start or to the end of a prayer. It is not the words in the prayer that only serve as a flavor that matter, but the purpose and truthfulness behind the prayer. Praying for things that are consistent with God’s will is the essence of praying in Jesus’ name and not in any way taking the glory of God.
Praying in the name of Jesus is praying with His authority in asking the Father to act upon our prayers because we come in the name of the Son. It also means that we are exercising the authority of believing that Jesus is the same yesterday and today and forever. Do not be carried away by all kinds of strange teachings, for it is good for the heart to be strengthened by grace and not by foods of no value to those devoted to them” Hebrew 13:8-9. The same thing as we pray in accordance to the will of God. Our confidence with the assurance that guarantee that our prayer met the standard of God; never over doing nor under doing it, just about right to be humble in the eyes of God. “This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears us—whatever we ask—we know that we have what we asked of him” (1John 5:14-15). We should pray for others, as well as for ourselves to recover from fallen state, as well as to be released from temptations and afflictions and be thankful that the spirit of true repentance overcomes death.
Praying in Jesus’ name is praying for things that will honor and glorify Jesus not withstanding taking the sovereignty of the Father. “For great is the LORD and greatly to be praised; He is to be feared above all gods.” God will not give His glory especially to idols. Many people today exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator. If it is intentionally worded to bent the truth then it is a sin of lying, it is their worldly desire for their own profitable gain.
They invented and twisted many things in exchange of luxurious living at the expense of those people who submitted to their lies. Maybe this person doesn’t even believe that there are consequences after all or they don’t even care being a part of what they preach about life after death. “Thou shalt not use God’s name in vain” could also mean not to use the name of God for personal gain. Very clear God said: Will I not give - I will not allow it to ascribed to another; I will not allow another to assume or receive the honor which is due to me; Says the LORD. Again in Isaiah 48:11—For my own sake, for my own sake, I do it, for how should my name be profaned? My glory I will not give to another. Isaiah 42:8—I am the LORD; that is my name; my glory I give to no other, nor my praise to carved idols. Those are the word of God.
Many believers already made up their mind about Jesus, Many said that he is the creator, some said that the Father and the Son is just one person, many even sold books that Jesus can be seen in the Old Testament, that Jesus is the one that help the Israelites in Egypt. There are many stories about Jesus pointing that he is God to be glorified that without him there will be no salvation. The Son himself said not to worship him and many Scriptures attested to that:
Exodus 34:14 (for you shall worship no other god, for the Lord, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God),
Exodus 20:1-3 And God spoke all these words, saying, “I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery. “You shall have no other gods before me. Romans 12:1 I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. John 4:24 God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth.”
We must be aware that every word that comes out of our mouth speaks the truth “By the sins of their mouths and the words of their lips, let them be trapped in their pride, in the curses and lies they utter.”Psalms 59:12. We can reach the highest peak of the highest mountain and still the LORD is above all. “May they know that You alone, whose name is the LORD, are Most High over all the earth.” Psalm 83:18. God is so great that He cannot be compared or measured with anything with anyone else (Psalm 71:19). His existence has to be acknowledged by His creations since He is the Creator of everything that exists and superior of them all. Every breath that we take, every space we occupied and every time that we use belongs to Him. He is bigger more than our imagination can make.
God is an Omnipotence which means God is all-powerful; Omniscience means God is all-knowing, God knows everything; He is Omnipresence means God is everywhere at the same time. He is the essence of all things, without Him nothing will exist. He cannot be under pressure to answer our request and cannot be confined to control His movement, He is all powerful. We leave in His space. His wisdom is greater than those who benefitted from Him and think they are now wiser that Him. It is foolish to say we are strong and when in reality we are weak in many things and helpless without Him.
How can we say we are strong when we are only dependent on His strength? How can we say we have a great mind when our mind still under siege by liars, deceivers and tempters? They can do evil things but they can only do it under a limited space and limited time. We can stop it any time with the help of the Holy Spirit and we are not doing it because somebody in high places will do it. We have the LORD which is our stronghold and our rock of refuge— Psalm 94:22.
We are in the age of the kingdoms and it is foolishness to this time not to recognize the true meaning of the word of God, His Will that we have to obey, His plan to continue a good fight of faith and His purpose to be with Him through eternity. We should avoid doing foolish things to confound those who think themselves better than others. (Isaiah 40:13; 1 Corinthians 1:27). He is infinite and yet reachable, He has no time and yet He communicate with our time and we do not see Him and yet you can feel His presence. We should let the space in our heart belongs to Him alone and no one else in words or in kinds (Psalm 90:2).
Let God’s greatness echoes throughout the world day in and day out until the wicked submit themselves before they vanish in the face of the earth without a chance of coming back. From lifeless soul to living souls, from innocence to a learned conscience too many lost souls who are dead to sin waiting for bodies to be born anew. God of all glory, Father of all creations, maker of heavens and earth will have all ears to listen to the testimony of our conscience and eventually look into our hearts and justice for all comes next.
Why do we have to mention Jesus name when we offer a sacrificial praise to God it is the way and the truth to acknowledge the Son’s work “Hebrews 13:15 “Through him then let us continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that acknowledge his name.” Hebrews 1:6 “And again, when he brings the firstborn into the world, he says, “Let all God's angels worship him.” Colossians 3:17 “And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.”
1 Timothy 3:16 Great indeed, we confess, is the mystery of godliness: He was manifested in the flesh, vindicated by the Spirit, seen by angels, proclaimed among the nations, believed on in the world, taken up in glory.
Philippians 2:9-11 Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. At the end of our prayer we can acknowledge the Trinity—In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit-Matthew 28:19.
“That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you a spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of Him.” Ephesians 1:17. “The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, be with you all.” 2 Corinthians 13:14.
According to the foreknowledge of God the Father, by the sanctifying work of the Spirit, to obey Jesus Christ and be sprinkled with His blood: may grace and peace be yours in the fullest measure. 1 Peter 1:2
“But you, beloved, building yourselves up on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit,’ ‘keep yourselves in the love of God, waiting anxiously for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to eternal life.” Jude 20–21 (NASB)
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16.
At the end of the service, we close it with prayer and the name of our Lord Jesus Christ will be mentioned to give honor and acknowledgement of all the things He has done for our salvation, his love and care. Sometimes we misunderstood the prayer when it ends in Jesus name only. Those made many think that the name of the Father has been omitted. As it is written “Do not worship any other god, for the LORD, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God.” We should not interpret it the wrong way, Jesus himself will neither usurp the authority of the Father nor transgress His command.
We should instead treat his name with respect and thanking him for being our savior and an eldest brother. Jesus brought us into the knowledge and understanding of the Father. Through Him we know the Father and through Him, reconciliation happens. We should be delighted as the Father proclaims He is delighted with him and voice from heaven said, “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased!” Matthew 3:17.
We must be cleared in our closing prayer that the hearer will understand that the Father is still the center of our service so it may not sound that we are taking away the power and glory that belongs only to Him. Exodus 34:14(NLT)“You must worship no other gods, for the LORD, whose very name is Jealous, is a God who is jealous about his relationship with you.” Isaiah42:8 (NLT) “I am the LORD; that is my name! I will not give my glory to anyone else, nor share my praise with carved idols.
Jesus said that no one can come to the Father except through him. This word of Jesus shows the authority he has most probably allowed by the Father in conjunction with his mission here on earth. Jesus is an obedient son to the Father, so there is no transgression going on here. In 1Corinthians 15:28— When all things are subjected to Him (Jesus), then the Son Himself will also be subjected to the One (Father) who put all things in subjection under Him (Jesus), so that God (Father) may be all in all—1Corinthians 15:28. (Emphasis mine)
The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness— Lamentations 3:22-23 (ESV)
To God be the glory
Coming soon – Many believe of the coming of the Son as 2nd coming, Do you still believe he is coming or he is with us long time ago? Who is coming on judgment day and who will be the witness? Did you try to seek the face of God? How much do you know God? Do you know who Jesus Christ is? is he the Immanuel? Or he is Adam? Are these three names pointing to one? Who is the third person in the Trinity? Why Trinity is being part of the Christian doctrine when it is not visibly written in the Bible? Where is the Trinity in the Bible? Many Christians still reject the notion of the Trinity. Pray and believe that the word of God is true and will never come out void. Amen.