IN JESUS’ NAME – The Power of Prayer

We as Christians have the legal right to use the name of Jesus in asking or receiving anything from God. This right is given to us by Jesus Himself.

(Highlighted by me for emphasis.)

Joh 15:16 You have not chosen Me, but I have chosen you and I have appointed you [I have planted you], that you might go and bear fruit and keep on bearing, and that your fruit may be lasting [that it may remain, abide], so that WHATEVER you ask the Father IN MY NAME [as presenting all that I AM], He may give it to you.

Mar 16:17 And these attesting signs will accompany those who believe: IN MY NAME they will drive out demons; they will speak in new languages;
Mar 16:18 They will pick up serpents; and [even] if they drink anything deadly, it will not hurt them; they will lay their hands on the sick, and they will get well.
Mar 16:19 So then the Lord Jesus, after He had spoken to them, was taken up into heaven and He sat down at the right hand of God. [Ps. 110:1.]

This was the last thing He told the disciples before ascending to the Father, how important this must be!

We can ask for ANYTHING in His name:

Joh 16:23 And when that time comes, you will ask nothing of Me [you will need to ask Me no questions]. I assure you, most solemnly I tell you, that My Father will grant you WHATEVER you ask IN MY NAME [as presenting all that I AM]. [Exod. 3:14.]
Joh 16:24 Up to this time you have not asked a [single] thing IN MY NAME [as presenting all that I AM]; but now ask and keep on asking and you will receive, so that your joy (gladness, delight) may be full and complete.
Joh 16:25 I have told you these things in parables (veiled language, allegories, dark sayings); the hour is now coming when I shall no longer speak to you in figures of speech, but I shall tell you about the Father in plain words and openly (without reserve).
Joh 16:26 At that time you will ask (pray) IN MY NAME; and I am not saying that I will ask the Father on your behalf [for it will be unnecessary].
Joh 16:27 For the Father Himself [tenderly] loves you because you have loved Me and have believed that I came out from the Father.

Do you realize what our rights are in the New Testament. Jesus has given us the use of His name to carry on the work of God in this world.
When we pray in the name of Jesus we pray by His authority, and it is as if Jesus Himself is praying, and God always hears Him. So also we can have confidence that our prayers will be answered.

Joh 11:41 So they took away the stone. And Jesus lifted up His eyes and said, Father, I thank You that You have heard Me.
Joh 11:42 Yes, I know You ALWAYS hear and listen to Me, but I have said this on account of and for the benefit of the people standing around, so that they may believe that You did send Me [that You have made Me Your Messenger].

We must believe that not only do we pray by His authority but that our prayers pass in His hands and He assumes reponsibility for the answer. We can expect an answer because this glorifies the Father, through the Son.

Joh 14:12 I assure you, most solemnly I tell you, if anyone steadfastly believes in Me, he will himself be able to do the things that I do; and he will do even greater things than these, because I go to the Father.
Joh 14:13 And I will do [I Myself will grant] whatever you ask IN My NAME [as presenting all that I AM], so that the Father may be glorified and extolled in (through) the Son. [Exod. 3:14.]
Joh 14:14 [Yes] I will grant [I Myself will do for you] whatever you shall ask IN MY NAME [as presenting all that I AM].

The Father knows all that the name of Jesus stands for and that we have a legal and family right to use this name in prayer.
It is the glory of God to recognize the name of Jesus in prayer and to answer according to the faith we use.

Paul said:
Rom 8:32 He who did not withhold or spare [even] His own Son but gave Him up for us all, will He not also WITH Him freely and graciously give us all [other] things?

The Amplified Bible was used.

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  1. Beska,
    Thank-you for the answer! I am so touched that you remembered about my brother and dad 🙂
    I’ve read those scriptures,and prayed “in Jesus name”, with limited results.
    You are right, the key here must be faith. Also, we can have faith,but when it is mixed with unbelief, it dilutes our faith. I know they sound the same, but they really aren’t. I mean, I can have faith that Jesus heals, but I might not believe He would do it for me,etc. “Lord,I believe,help my unbelief!”
    How do you KNOW you have faith to believe you will receive what you prayed for? Do we stop praying and just rest in the knowledge that it will come to pass?
    Jesus taught that parable about the woman and the judge,where she was so persistent that the judge did as she asked. I get a little confused, I feel like maybe a prayer wouldn’t get answered due to a technicality. If that makes any sense!
    Thanks so much for your prayers too!!
    Beloved

    • Hi Beloved

      You said something that struck a chord. Is our God a technical God or is He a practical loving God?
      Yes, there are certain things as unbelievers (BEFORE adoption) that we need to fulfill to become sons (and daughters) of our Heavenly Father this is so that we may be adopted into His family, that is the technical side.

      But as a Father?
      Does being adopted make us anything less than His children? Does He hold a distinction between His actual children and adopted children. You know the answer. NO!
      Why? because He is a practical loving Parent!

      Can you stay with me a little longer?
      I know you have heard this many times before but we intend to forget the obvious and I just want to recap how our Father works, in practical terms:

      My oldest son is really my stepson, but that does not make me love him less, and him me, he has no earthly father besides me. He relies on me and I treat him the same as the rest of my kids. I disciplined them equally as children, in the Biblical way, as South Africans do, and now as adults, I reprimand them equally, but I also bless them equally.
      Is God not greater as a father than I? Will He not love His OBEDIENT children equally? Of course!

      Now you as a parent, because of your love for your children, if your child pleaded with you for something that you KNOW is not good for him, what is your answer? An emphatic NO! No compromise.
      But if he comes to you and asks for something that is not necessarily bad for him or something he does not necessarily need, you may still say ‘no’, initially, but for his much crying and pleading you might just give in and buy it for him – the women and the unjust judge. Luk18:6-7
      But say he pleads and cries to you for something that is good and you know it will be a blessing to him, will you, if you can afford to, buy it for him, . YES! and he will cherish it and be grateful to you for it, because it is important to him.
      The chances are if he never asked you, you may, in time, randomly buy him what you thought would bless him. But if is the desire of his heart and he made it known to you, it would become a priority for the next gift you would give him.

      There are times that you may not (without him asking) give him something that you know will be good for him because, given at the wrong time, this will have no importance to him. Another time you may withhold something that he wants, for a short time, because he was disobedient, to discipline him.

      You are correct, the better word is unbelief, if your child asks you something not believing he will receive, will he? Sometimes. But if he does believe you will give/buy it and you see his belief, will you? Probably most of the time.
      Now put unbelief in the above examples, remembering he will not plead for something he doesn’t believe you will buy. Everything changes doesn’t it. It’s either a case that you realise that it is not that important to him anyhow, or, he won’t really be dissapointed if you said no, because he didn’t really think you would buy it for him anyway.

      It puts all things into perspective doesn’t it.

      Does God the Father not work with us like this too? How should He be as our Heavenly Parent? Why should He be any different? There’s no reason.

      Can I just take out some points from this:
      1)Rely upon Him as our only Father.
      2)Repent daily of our shortcomings
      3)Walk in obedience and in love
      4) Most important in prayer, ask as a child would that KNOWS he will receive, no unbelief. Why then should there be?

      Lord, You are our Heavenly Father, we have no other.
      Forgive our shortfalls in following in the footsteps of our Saviour, Jesus Christ. Teach us daily to walk in obedience to Your Word by the power of Your Holy Spirit. We ask for these blessings as your children, for our loved ones, Father that You may be glorified in the Name of Jesus Christ, our Lord.
      Amen

      Please see 3chelon’s blog on ‘The Joy of Intercession’ Dated 01/14/2011

      Be Blessed!

      • Thanks once again. I have learned so much about the way God relates to us as His children,when I study the way I relate to my kids. However I had never applied this to the woman and the judge parable! I understand the parable better than I ever have!( thanks)
        I really don’t understand when people see God as anything other than a loving Father when dealing with us,but,there are a lot of teachings that infer that our Lord is keeping this check-list of sorts,or that we have to constantly beware of “falling away”,that we are walking on a tight-rope right above Hell. Unfortunately,some of this thinking creeps up on me sometimes.Then I remember that I am His child,and joint heir with Christ! I mean, He is not ever going to “un-adopt” me. Right?

        Amen

  2. Do you think this includes salvation for loved ones?

    • Yes, we must believe what God says as being true. I initially thought the prayer had to be in God’s will, but that is not what the scripture says here, Jesus specifically says we can ask for ANYTHING!
      The key is to have FAITH that we will receive what we ask for:

      Joh 14:13 And I will do [I Myself will grant] whatever you ask in My Name [as presenting all that I AM], so that the Father may be glorified and extolled in (through) the Son. [Exod. 3:14.]
      This gives us a reason to understand why prayer is so powerful ‘In His Name’,

      Mat 21:22 And whatever you ask for in prayer, having faith and [really] believing, you will receive.

      Please read this scripture:

      Act 3:6 But Peter said, Silver and gold (money) I do not have; but what I do have, that I give to you: in [the use of] the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, walk!
      Act 3:7 Then he took hold of the man’s right hand with a firm grip and raised him up. And at once his feet and ankle bones became strong and steady,
      Act 3:8 And leaping forth he stood and began to walk, and he went into the temple with them, walking and leaping and praising God.
      Act 3:9 And all the people saw him walking about and praising God,
      Act 3:10 And they recognized him as the man who usually sat [begging] for alms at the Beautiful Gate of the temple; and they were filled with wonder and amazement (bewilderment, consternation) over what had occurred to him.
      Act 3:11 Now while he [still] firmly clung to Peter and John, all the people in utmost amazement ran together and crowded around them in the covered porch (walk) called Solomon’s.
      Act 3:12 And Peter, seeing it, answered the people, You men of Israel, why are you so surprised and wondering at this? Why do you keep staring at us, as though by our [own individual] power or [active] piety we had made this man [able] to walk?
      Act 3:13 The God of Abraham and of Isaac and of Jacob, the God of our forefathers, has glorified His Servant and Son Jesus [doing Him this honor], Whom you indeed delivered up and denied and rejected and disowned in the presence of Pilate, when he had determined to let Him go. [Exod. 3:6; Isa. 52:13.]
      Act 3:14 But you denied and rejected and disowned the Pure and Holy, the Just and Blameless One, and demanded [the pardon of] a murderer to be granted to you.
      Act 3:15 But you killed the very Source (the Author) of life, Whom God raised from the dead. To this we are witnesses.
      Act 3:16 And His name, through and by faith in His name, has made this man whom you see and recognize well and strong. [Yes] the faith which is through and by Him [Jesus] has given the man this perfect soundness [of body] before all of you.

      Beloved we need to do what the apostles did:
      Luk 17:5 And the apostles said unto the Lord, Increase our faith.

      My prayers for your father and brother are with your’s…
      In Jesus Name may God be glorified!

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