by Dr. Charles Stanley
Tuesday January 17, 2006
The Power of Jesus’ Name
Praying in Jesus’ name states both our relationship with Christ and our right — through Him — to approach the Father directly. It also declares our:
Authority to Petition God. The glorified Christ now sits at the right hand of God, where He intercedes for us and serves as our High Priest (Hebrews 7:25). He has instructed us to come and ask for what we need. These words give us the authorization to enter the throne room of grace at any time and speak personally with the Father. To everyone who has received Jesus Christ as Savior, the Lord has granted the right to use His name.
Agreement with God’s Purposes. Based on our kinship with Jesus, we have access to the Father and can come with Christ’s authority to make requests. But to use the Savior’s name, we must also agree with God’s purposes. Praying in the name of Jesus means we are asking in agreement with His character and will. As servants of God, we are to make it our priority to obey Him and carry on His work. We are to accomplish the Father’s will, not ours. By allowing His Word to abide in us — to become part of our thinking and our standard for life — we will learn to pray in accordance with His plan.
Assurance of an Answer. In Jesus’ name is a phrase of confidence. It is a confession of certainty that our prayers will be heard and answered.
In Jesus’ name. Three simple words which powerfully move the Father’s heart and hand. Prayer is a mighty prerogative of the children of God. Use it well.