As Christians, it is normal for us to conclude our prayers with, “In Jesus’ name.” Many of us have gotten so used to doing that, it’s as if we don’t even hear ourselves. Could it be that using the phrase, “In Jesus name,” is being used illegitimately?
When we conclude our prayer, “In Jesus’ name,” it determines whether we get what we ask for or whether we don’t. Jesus tells us in Matthew 18:19 and John 14:13, that if we ask in His name, we will receive what we ask for. However, many of us have done that and not received what we had partitioned for. So are we doing this legally or illegally? The use of Jesus’ name and it’s legitimacy determines whether we get what we pray for or not.
What is the principle, “In My name?”
God has already determined that what He does in history, on earth, He will do by means of Jesus Christ. That’s why 1 Timothy 2:5, says, For there is one God and one Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus.
Hebrews 7:24, 25 – But He, because He continues forever, has an unchangeable priesthood. (Verse 25) Therefore He is also able to save to the uttermost those who come to God through Him since He lives to make intercession for them.
The ways of God and the word of God are mediated or transferred by and through the person of Jesus Christ. When we talk about His “name,” we are talking about the person who stands behind the name. When we talk about, “In the name of Jesus,” we need to know the person whose name we use. It can’t be just the name. It has to be the authorized use of the person whose name we just called in prayer.
It is not our authorization for Him to do what we want just because we use His name. Jesus says that He will give us authority as long as He is authorizing how we use His name. When we use His name without His authority, we lose His backing of that authorization. And when we pray to the Father without the backing of the Son, we don’t get the support of the Son in the request we made to the Father.
However, here’s the good news: God the Father never turns down God the Son. There was only one time in history when God the Father turned down the Son’s request and that’s when Jesus bore our sins on the cross when Jesus said, “My God, My God, why has thou forsaken Me? If it’s possible, let this cup pass from Me.”
This can never happen again because Jesus can only die once for our sins. So when we pray, we want to make sure that what we are praying for, Jesus is praying for! If Jesus is praying for what we are praying for, God will never turn it down and it becomes an answered prayer for us. We have to have a link between our prayer, His name and the request we made to the Father.
What are the prerequisites to being able to use the name legitimately and with kingdom authority?
What will make us authorized to get the Father to answer our prayers? God demands total surrender! Romans 14:8, 9 – For if we live, we live to the Lord; and if we die, we die to the Lord. Therefore whether we live or die, we are the Lord’s. (Verse 9) For to this end, Christ died and rose and lived again, that He might be Lord of both the dead and the living. This is submission to His Lordship!
Luke 6:46 – “But why do you call Me ‘Lord, Lord,’ and do not do the things which I say?” Lord means He is now our Master. People call Him Lord but yet don’t follow His ways or do what He says. This is what stops prayers from being answered. We don’t pick and choose what we’re going to obey. He wants absolute surrender, not part of the time but all the time.
Colossians 3:17 – And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.
When we decide that our whole life is owned by Him, that’s surrender. 1 Corinthians 6:19, 20 – Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own? (Verse 20) For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s.
Once we become a believer, we don’t get to own ourselves anymore! Only when we are willing to give up ownership will we be able to have kingdom access. Jesus has to be Lord in our lives in every area including relationships. The more we surrender the more of heaven we’ll see!
As we begin to renew our minds according to God’s word, we will start to think and act like the Spirit of God wants us to. We begin to think what the Holy Spirit thinks and its exactly what the Son thinks and that’s exactly what the Father thinks!
No man can have two masters. We can’t have the Lord and anything we value more (Matt. 6:24). We all have ideas but only the Lord gets to make the final decision. He overrules what He wants for our lives. He knows best because He knows the end from the beginning. He wants total rule over our lives especially if we want to see heaven come down and answer our prayers.
It is not enough just to believe in God, not when it comes to having God move on earth on our behalf. God moves on earth through His Son! Intervention on earth has to come through Christ. We must be willing to be identified with Him! Never apologize for your faith that you are a follower of Christ.
To call on His name in the day of trouble means you have publicly confessed Him before men! Romans 10:9, 10 – that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. (Verse 10) For with the heart one believes to righteousness, and with the mouth, confession is made to salvation.
There has to be an open declaration that we are followers of Jesus Christ. It’s not hidden! So when the Bible says, “Those who call on Me,” confessed, they will be delivered.
John 14:13 – “And whatever you ask in My name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. (Verse 14) “If you ask anything in My name, I will do it.”
We need to ask ourselves: Do we glorify the Father and Son by what we are asking Jesus to do in our prayer request? When we go to God, being fully surrendered, and we go to Him in the name of Jesus, are we willing or able to tell what God will get out of it? Do we tell Him that He will benefit from our prayer request? Everything we do and say should glorify Him because He is worthy. Do you tell others the good things God has done for you? You should.
When we place faith and trust in Christ alone, He gives us an inner confirmation of our salvation. 1 John 5:13 – These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, that you may know that you have eternal life and that you may continue to believe in the name of the Son of God. (Verse 14) Now, this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. (Verse 15) And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked Him.
When there is a gap of time between a legitimate prayer in Jesus’ name, the “knowing” that He is going to answer, the reason for these laps is because of “preparation!” Either God is preparing “it” for you or He’s preparing “you” for it. God will use whatever time is needed for the preparation to occur for the request to be answered and use to be qualified to receive it when it comes.
But here is the bad news, we can delay the timing of that answered prayer because of delayed preparation. People can decide that they aren’t going to surrender or obey. So the time-line depends on us whether we are obedient or not. Sometimes God has to do a work in us to prepare us for our request.
Remember Israel in the wilderness? It should have taken a month or a month and a half to leave Egypt and get to the Promised Land, but they went around and around for 40 years and only two of that generation entered! That wilderness they were in, was a preparation for the Promised Land.
When we are in link with God, 1 John 5 says there is a “Knowing” that occurs. Physical and spiritual healings will occur. 1 John 5:16 – If anyone sees his brother sinning a sin which does not lead to death, he will ask, and He will give him life for those who commit sin not leading to death.
The prayer will heal the sick and address the sin. Now, all sickness is not due to sin, but a lot of sicknesses are. However, if we could understand the spiritual, we’d do a lot better with dealing with the physical.
Most of our prayers are wanting God to change something in the “physical realm.” There’s nothing wrong with that except we want Him to do it without us “touching” the “spiritual.” For instance: “Don’t touch my sin, but give me what I asked for!” “Don’t touch my rebellion, but give me my blessings!”
Prayer doesn’t work like that. God wants to change situations that we want to be changed, but He’s going to address the spiritual aspect of it also.
The name of Jesus gives us power over the devil because much of what we deal with has come from him or through him or by him – the enemy. In Luke 10:17-19, Jesus tells His disciples that they had authority over Satan “In His name.” Instead of the devil and his demons walking all over the disciples, the disciples walk over them.
Luke 10:19 – “Behold, I give you the authority to trample on serpents (demons) and scorpions (demons), and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you.
Why would Jesus give us this authority? Because many of the issues we have are demonic. It’s not the difference in personalities that causes divorces. Its that the devil got ahold of those personalities and the person allowed it!
Jesus’ name is not some magic name that we use for any purpose. This is the Person of Jesus behind His name and if we don’t have an intimate relationship with the Person Jesus Christ, then they can’t expect the power that comes with the name.
When we go to the Father in prayer and if we have our identity in Christ, whom we follow and have submitted ourselves to, then we have the proper credentials to approach the Throne and know He hears our requests!