PART 3 - PRAY THE NAME
The dictionary definition of "IN THE NAME OF" conveys authority....in both the secular AND religious sense. In the book of John 16:23, Jesus said whatever we ask our Father in Heaven, IN HIS (Jesus') Name, Abba Father will give it to us!
So when we pray in His Name, we are exercising the Authority give us in John 1:12 , where the great Apostle John wrote "but to all who received Him, believed in His Name, He gave the right to become children of God"
The word "right" here is "exousia" or Kingdom Authority!
We have therefore established THE RIGHT we have pray in the Name of Jesus. Many have fought for that privilege and in fact, this has become a major point of debate in all societies now. The dying world fears the Name of Jesus so much, they have been banning even Christian Chaplains from so doing! Is this happening in Communist China? NO! The United States Department of Defense, which is under liberal command and control, for years now, has seen a rush to retire from many Chaplains who will not put up with the censorship, which many US Military personnel are dying for!
Did you know you can use the RIGHT to pray in the Name of Jesus, to actually PRAY His Name as well!! Yes! In the final chapter of my new book DANGER ZONE I provide a list of 177 actual names, from the Bible, of the Lord Jesus....and then briefly show how we can pray those names to have a mrore fruitful prayer life. This kind of praying also deepens the relationship with the One we love - the Messiah! AMEN!
One example is "The Radiance of His Glory" (from Hebrews 1:3) One can take this short phrase and just Praise and Worship Jesus by magnifying Him through the brilliance of His Face....how He shines like the bright and morning star...brighter than the sun. We lift Him up and then praise His Glory which is seen in all creation and throughout the entire earth! You can find many psalms which do just that! Therefore, choose one...like Psalm 24....and pray EVERY verse like you mean it and thank Him for the Radiance of His Glory!
This is how we can then get up on Sunday morning, after praying the Name of Jesus through the Radiance of His Glory, and then sing "Oh, how I love Jesus"!!! AMEN!
(Courtesy Image from Google images / American Bible Society)