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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).

15 thoughts on “In Jesus’ Name

  1. bondserve says:

    I love the example given in the insight of one of the “greater works” Jesus spoke of. I have seen much of myself in studying Peter’s life and relationship with the Lord. At least my weaknesses seem to be similar to his. Not long before Peter preached that powerful sermon at Pentecost, he was denying Christ. He was sharply rebuked by the Lord in Matt.16:23. And Peter was the one who drew a sword and struck the high priest’s servant, cutting off his ear. Always rambunctious, zealous to a fault and often not in tune with Jesus’ program. yet as soon as the Spirit came, entering Peter, he became a mighty preacher and soul winner, performed mighty miracles and was a pillar of the church. That gives me great hope. All we need do is constantly submit to the Spirit of Christ; good works in His name will follow.

    At the name of Jesus every knee will bow, demons tremble and mountains are removed. What a tremendous honor it is to be IN Christ, and be permitted to petition the Father in His name!

    As this devotion expounds, it is when we pray in accordance with God’s will that we can be absolutely certain we have our request. The prayers of the righteous availeth much. And that righteousness comes by faith in the perfectly righteous one, Jesus the Christ. It is His righteousness which fits me for heaven and not my own.

    It is exciting to be in Christ and to have the assurance of a future so bright we’ll have to wear shades! It is through the name of Jesus that you and I are united and accepted into God’s family. It’s what makes all of you my brothers and sisters. And the name of Jesus affords the assurance that our efforts will not be in vain, but will produce a great harvest.

    Thank you Lord for the honor of speaking your holy name, for adding us to your family and loving us so powerfully. May we each expound that love to others with works that truly bring honor and glory to God, and which propagates the name of Christ and spreads the Good News found therein. In Jesus holy name, Amen.

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