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In Jesus’ Name

One of my favorite collections of photos is of a family dinner. Preserved in an album are images of Dad, his sons and their wives, and his grandchildren in a time of thanks-giving and intercession.

Dad had suffered a series of strokes and was not as verbal as usual. But during that time of prayer, I heard him say with heartfelt conviction: “We pray in Jesus’ name!” About a year later, Dad passed from this world into the presence of the One in whose name he placed such trust.

Jesus taught us to pray in His name. The night before He was crucified, He gave a promise to His disciples: “Until now you have asked nothing in My name. Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full” (John 16:24). But the promise of asking in Jesus’ name is not a blank check that we might get anything to fulfill our personal whims.

Earlier that evening, Jesus taught that He answers requests made in His name so that He will bring glory to the Father (John 14:13). And later that night, Jesus Himself prayed in anguish, “O My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from Me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as You will” (Matt. 26:39).

As we pray, we yield to God’s wisdom, love, and sovereignty, and we confidently ask “in Jesus’ name.”

Father in heaven, help us worry less about
what we can get from You and more about
what we can learn from You. As Your followers
said, “Increase our faith” (Luke 17:5).
Nothing lies beyond the reach of prayer except that which lies outside the will of God.

Insight

In today’s passage, Jesus tells His small group of followers that whoever believes in Him will do the same, and even greater, works than He did (v.12). Jesus’ work was to call people to repentance and relationship with the Father. As one example of this, the apostle Peter preached a sermon that moved 3,000 people to repentance! (Acts 2).

12 thoughts on “In Jesus’ Name

  1. bubbles says:

    God has been so good to answer many prayer requests that have been wants and not needs. He has even supplied things I was thinking about but had not prayed about; sometimes I don’t know if I should pray for something or not and then I don’t. It’s humbling that God would answer requests and give things even when they have not been asked.

    When I pray, I’m working on thanking God more than asking. Like the Lord’s prayer, the first part should be praise to Him. But then there are people who need prayer too. When I see a sunrise or something, I want to thank God for it rather than only thinking how pretty something is.

  2. Rocky says:

    I can remember when I was a child and I would go to my brothers and give them an instruction or remind them of a chore that needed to be completed by them they would look at me as if I were crazy. But if I were to say, Mom or Dad says that you need to take the garbage out or do the dishes, that was a different story.

    Similarly, I believe that when we go to God and ask in the name of Jesus it has similar effects, because of the authority behind the name. When we tell Satan to flee in the name Of Jesus, he knows the authority of Jesus.

    Verse 12 in the NIV says “12 Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father.”

    I always wanted to know what can I possibly do that would be greater than Jesus ever did? Then one night while I was sleeping I was reminded that both of my children are now married, and that now I have 7 grandchildren, Jesus will never be a father-in-law, nor will He ever be a grandfather, and to be a father-in-law and even a grandfather is so much greater than simply being a father.

  3. praise the lord says:

    Hi Everyone,
    Father in heaven, help me worry less about what I can get from You and more about what can I learn from You. Thank you, Dennis, for the prayer and the scripture 17:5. I am going to make the prayer one of my own.

    Praise You Holy Spirit for dwelling with us and that You make intercession for us according to the will of God. Praise You Jesus that You are able to save those who come to God through You, and that You always make intercession for us.
    Praise to You God the Father for Your love.

    God bless.

  4. ahyordele1 says:

    A name is an identity that represents person(s),plants,animals or things in general.
    But the name of Jesus is entirely unique & has been proven to be Unique by all & sundry,even the Devil trembles at His name.
    The name of Jesus is a name that is above every other name (Philippians 2:9-11).
    The name of Jesus wrought miracles in the mouth of those that believe in Him.
    Kingdom is Subdued,Dominion is established “In Jesus Name.”
    In a nutshell,eyes have not seen,nor ears heard or entered into the Heart of man what “In Jesus Name” will Do in the Mouth of Those that Believe and Trust in Him to the End.
    Hallelujah!

  5. eternallyhis says:

    felix_ob

    Definitely do not get discouraged. David Wilkerson, a Baptist pastor who was later baptized with the Holy Ghost, and called by God to go to New York City to take the message of salvation to teenage gangs. They were extremely rebellious, angry and downright dangerous young people, most (if not all) had been hurt terrible in life, etc. Brother Wilkerson ministered to them and God brought them out of the darkness and looking to Christ for salvation and guidance, etc.
    However, years later, some of those that had turned back to their old ways and were thought to be lost, were finally brought to their knees again and they testified that even though others may have given up on them, God did not, the Holy Spirit continued His work in their hearts and minds even years after everyone else had given up.
    I know I’m not wording this very good, but I’m sure you must know what I’m saying.
    God bless you and yours and the ministry He’s given you.
    I’m sure the book of “The Cross and the Switchblade” by David Wilkerson, would be of benefit and encouragement to you. As would another one titled “Beyond the Cross and the Switchblade,” which gives account of those who left and came back to Christ.
    TEEN CHALLENGE is a place set up to help young people, which David Wilkerson founded, first in NYC and now there are many of them throughout the USA, and have a very good record of helping people (even much older people now) out of drug addiction and other destructive lifestyles. It might be just the thing to help you in helping the young ones you are ministering to. I’m not sure if there are any outside the USA, but there are at least 200 here. You might want to google Teen Challenge and check it out and see if their program is something you would be interested in for your ministry. They might even train and fund you and others to start another branch of the program in your vicinity?? I’m not sure just how they do operate things like that, but food for thought. My prayers are with you also.

    1. xemslt says:

      Hello EternalyHis I like to thank you for the reference to “The Cross and the Switchblade”. In my youth I had the opportunity to be in the motion picture. Eric Estrada played Nicky Cruz and Pat Boone played the Preacher. I was one of those extras that played as a member in Nicky’s gang. Back then I didn’t know the Lord as I do now, Praise God. Being in that movie I feel helped me to see a better way other than drugs and gangs. Both of which were a part of my life. It was in the powerful Name of my Heavenly Brother Jesus Christ that I left it all behind. Blessed be the Splendid Son of God, the King of Glory and Author of Life, Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

  6. ghudd says:

    “The hidden things belong to the Lord our God, but the revealed things belong to us and our children forever, so that we may follow all the words of this law.” So there are things that our pygmy human brains will never understand about God. The trinity, creation, the Virgin Birth, how the Messiah’s righteousness was put to our account, how our sin’s were transferred to him are but a few. Jesus never became a sinner, he was just treated like one. Praise His name forever.

  7. doctor-perspective says:

    In John chapter 14 we find several clues to a better understanding of God, to how He relates to us, and to how we should relate to Him. Let us take a basic look at the Persons of the Godhead. Of course we all know that the word “Trinity” does not appear in the Bible. For this reason, many have substituted the term “Tri-unity” to replace the word “Trinity”. However, to the serious enquirer, this swapping of terms has less than cosmetic value, since the main problem remains. How can three separate things be in any one of these things without creating a fourth thing? It becomes even more challenging when inanimate “things” are replaced by living “persons”. “Listen, Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is One” (Deuteronomy 6:4) It is therefore safe to say that we will never be able to understand or explain the intricacy of this reality before we get to heaven.

    John 14 begins with Jesus saying, “You believe in God, believe also in me.” A living person, Jesus, is inviting people to believe in Him in the same way that they already believe in God. So the chapter begins with two persons, God and Jesus. But it does not stop there.
    Jesus then states the relationship between God and Himself in verse 2 when he refers to God as “My Father”. Thomas’ next question evokes more critical information from Jesus. “If you had known Me, you would have known My Father also; and from now on you know Him and have seen Him.” (verse 7)

    Clearly, Thomas is not the only disciple who does not understand the tri-unity of God. Phillip chimes in with a direct request in verse 8. “Show us the Father…” I think that Jesus is now being a little bit of a teaser, but then, every great teacher is a teaser.
    “Have I been with you so long, and yet you have not known Me, Philip? He who has seen Me has seen the Father; so how can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? Do you not believe that I am in the Father, and the Father in Me… Believe Me that I am in the Father and the Father in Me…” (John 14:9-11)

    In verses 16-17, Jesus introduces the third person of the tri-une God. “And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever— the Spirit of truth…” The use of the word “another” implies similarity between that which is to come and that which already is. Jesus was asking His Father to send another person like Himself to abide or live with His disciples forever.
    Now pay careful attention to the last sentence in verse 17. “He dwells with you, and will be in you.” One is a present reality, and the other is a future prospect. Jesus Christ is saying that, in the future, the Spirit of Truth who God the Father will send, will be in His disciples. That we understand to be the Holy Spirit who was given to Believers in Jesus Christ on the day of Pentecost. But the present tense part of the sentence is tricky, unless… the Holy Spirit is one with Jesus who was already dwelling with them. Then in verse 18, Jesus removes all doubt. For while he was still with His disciples, He said, “I will come to you!” Jesus then settles the issue of identity and relationship within the Godhead in verse 26; “But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you.” Tie this to verse 18, “I will not leave you as orphans; I am coming to you.”

    The only hint we have about God before time began is at the dawn of creation. In the beginning, “Elohim” (God in the plural) created the heavens and the earth,” (Genesis 1:1) The manifestation and relevance of God to man is only from time began, not before. Within this context there is administrative and operational order within the Godhead. In verse 28, Jesus says, “…My Father is greater than I.” In 1 Corinthians 11:3, Paul says, “…the head of Christ is God.” Yet in John 10:30, Jesus says, “The Father and I are one”. The audience to whom He spoke did not misunderstand Him. They understood that Jesus was saying that He is God. The result was, “Again the Jews picked up rocks to stone Him.”

    To instruct, direct, protect, guide and provide for us in this life and the one hereafter, God has loving made available to us all the resources and power of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. He requires us to obey, praise and worship Him. To God be the glory!

    1. anoteingodschoir says:

      ♫♫ To God be the glory, great things He has done;
      So loved He the world that He gave us His Son,
      Who yielded His life an atonement for sin,
      And opened the life gate that all may go in.

      Refrain:
      Praise the Lord, praise the Lord,
      Let the earth hear His voice!
      Praise the Lord, praise the Lord,
      Let the people rejoice!
      O come to the Father, through Jesus the Son,
      And give Him the glory, great things He has done.♫♫

    2. eternallyhis says:

      Excellent post and description of our Lord God. I think many of us have a tendency to forget that God is able to be in heaven and here on earth at the same time. Such as when God spoke to Moses in the burning bush(Exodus 3:1-). And remaining in heaven while at the same time here on earth in the form of the Christ child. He came to live and minister to us and among us in the Person of Jesus Christ. The Father, Son and Holy Ghost all One and One in all Three, and now in us that believe and we are in Him. The Father in us (2Corinthians 6:16-18); the Son in us (Colossians 3:3,11); and the Holy Spirit in us (1Corinthians 3:16)and we are in Him (John 15:4;John 17:21).
      Have a good day everyone. Rejoicing with you in Christ, praising His Holy Name.

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