In Jesus' Name

"Then the LORD came down in the cloud and stood there with him and proclaimed his name, the LORD. And he passed in front of Moses, proclaiming, "The LORD, the LORD, the compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness, maintaining love to thousands [of generations], and forgiving wickedness, rebellion and sin. Yet he does not leave the guilty unpunished; he punishes the children and their children for the sin of the fathers to the third and fourth generation." -Ex. 34:5-7


"I knew you are a gracious and compassionate God, slow to anger and abounding in love..." -Jonah 4:2


"This is what is written: The Christ will suffer and rise from the dead on the third day, and repentance and forgiveness of sins will be preached in his name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem." -Lk. 24:47


"For where two or three come together in my name, there am I with them." -Matt. 18:20


"I tell you the truth, anyone who has faith in me will do what I have been doing. He will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father. And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Son may bring glory to the Father. You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it." -John 14:12-14


"I tell you the truth, my Father will give you whatever you ask in my name. Until now you have not asked for anything in my name. Ask and you will receive, and your joy will be complete. Though I have been speaking figuratively, a time is coming when I will no longer use this kind of language but will tell you plainly about my Father. In that day you will ask in my name. I am not saying that I will ask the Father on your behalf. No, the Father himself loves you because you have loved me..." -John 16:23b-27a


"...Holy Father, protect them by the power of your name - the name you gave me - so that they may be one as we are one. While I was with them, I protected them and kept them safe by that name you gave me..." -John 17:11b-12a


"Jesus did many other miraculous signs in the presence of his disciples, which are not recorded in this book. But these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name." -John 20:30,31


Have you ever heard the phrase "in Jesus' Name?" Perhaps you tag it at the end of all of your prayers... There is a very good reason why that is said but it must be understood to have significance. You see, names have a tremendous significance. Do you know what your name means? To God, names are very important and a quick survey of the Bible would make that point very clear. For example, God changed some people's names. Even the angels Michael and Gebriel had important names, Michael is identified as a “covering” angel or archangel and Gabriel identifies himself as one who, “stands in the presence of God.” God even said that His "Name is in him" (Exodus 23:21), both names end in "El," referring to God. Well, the same goes for prayer, and the Scriptures I provided above make this clear. When we pray "in Jesus' Name," it means we are praying according to His nature, and this was clearly proclaimed in Exodus 34, in the first Scripture I provided above. God tells Moses He will proclaim His Name in front of him and He says:

"The LORD, the LORD, the compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness, maintaining love to thousands [of generations], and forgiving wickedness, rebellion and sin. Yet he does not leave the guilty unpunished; he punishes the children and their children for the sin of the fathers to the third and fourth generation" (Exodus 34:6-7).

Keep in mind, this is God's description of Himself! Summarize God in two sentences and this is what you get. We know from the New Testament that Jesus said He had the very same nature as the Father, for He said "I and the Father are one" (John 10:30). So when we pray "in Jesus' Name," it has to be according to the nature of God as revealed in Exodus 34:6-7 (as well as the rest of the Bible), and if it is, it is a prayer that very well may be His will to answer. The key is that He hear it and there are a number of things which block our prayers, namely sin (Is 59:1,2 and others). Get right with Him and then start looking for results as you pray "in Jesus' Name" as there is great power in that Name! You have HIS NAME on it!!!


"I tell you the truth, anyone who has faith in me will do what I have been doing. He will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father. And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Son may bring glory to the Father. You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it." -John 14:12-14


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