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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).

4 thoughts on “In Jesus’ Name

  1. 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!

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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!

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