When we pray, using the name of Jesus, do we understand what we are saying and the power that we invoke? We need to know what is in that name, Jesus, the name above all names! In His name is all the attributes of God the Father! God the Father is our provider, He is Almighty, Creator of heaven and earth, of us! God is the Self-Existing Lord and King. With God nothing is impossible! All that God the Father is, He wrapped up in the name of Jesus! All of the power of God is in His son! So when we pray using the name of Jesus we are calling on both the Son and Father. Great power is in the name that is above all names! Do we pray using the name of Jesus, because that is how we were taught to pray? Traditions can be good but they can also be bad when they become something that we do just because. The other day one of my teens in our youth group prayed the Lords prayer (Matthew 6:5-15) it was awesome that she knew this prayer by memory, but it dawned on me, maybe she didn’t know what she was praying. I asked her do you know what you prayed means? She didn’t. I have to wonder how many times do we pray calling on the name of the Lord Jesus not knowing what we are praying and the power of the name we just used? Jesus said in Mark 7:13, “Thus you nullify the word of God by your tradition that you have handed down. And you do many things like that.” So if we are praying using the name of Jesus because that is how we were taught but without understanding and reverence for the Name that is above all names, than what we pray is just religious tradition and there is no power in it.
What is in the Name of Jesus? According to Philippians 2:9-10 there is revelation of Truth of who Jesus is and that every knee will bow at His Name! There is no way to the Father accept through Jesus. As John 14:6 states Jesus is the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Jesus. Mark 16:16 says there is Salvation in His Name. Without relationship with Jesus, accepting him as your Lord and Savior we have no power because its belief in Him and His Name that opens the door to the power of God. Acts 4:12 tells us salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved. John 1:12 In His name is the right to become children of God. Proverbs 18:10 His name is a strong tower, we run to it and are saved. Zechariah 13:9, Psalm 50:15 tells us in His name there is an answer. Mark 16:18 In His Name you can lay hands on the sick and they will recover, you can drink any deadly thing and no harm will come to you. Malachi 4:2 In His Name there is victory and healing. Where two or three gather in His Name, He is in their midst (Matthew 18:20). Ephesians 2:21-22 says In the Name of Jesus every name that is named is rendered powerless! Do you see and understand now that in the Name of Jesus there is amazing POWER? In His Name is all that God the Father is! Now when you pray you can say with authority In the Name of Jesus I declare healing, answers to problems, safety, salvation, and victory over all the devils schemes! Why??? Because Jesus conquered death, hell and the grave! Nothing is impossible to God. and because of the sacrifice of Jesus, nothing is impossible to us through HIS NAME!!! Now when we pray we have more than the traditions of our fathers, we have POWER IN THE NAME OF JESUS!
Holy Spirit help us remember with reverence who it is that we are praying IN HIS NAME! Amen