The Power of His Name
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. If you love me, you will obey what I command. John 14:12-15
Corrie ten Boom told of a three-year-old boy who saw his mother writing to his father. The boy wrote a letter too, only instead of words, his letter contained scrawls. His mother wrote at the bottom of the page, “This is Christopher’s letter to his daddy.” The father valued that letter because his wife told him what the scrawls represented.
Corrie says “…when we pray ‘in the name of Jesus,’ then it is just as if Jesus says, ‘Father, this is a prayer from your child [insert your name]’ and then the heavenly Father is delighted with our prayer. That prayer is sanctified by the name of Jesus.”*
When we pray in the name of Jesus we pray in “everything which the name covers, everything the thought or feeling of which is aroused in the mind by mentioning, hearing, remembering, the name, i.e. for one’s rank, authority, interests, pleasure, command, excellences, deeds etc.”**
The name is not a magical word like a mantra. Praying in the name of Jesus is praying in the authority given to us by Jesus. We pray with faith in Him and His promises. We pray, obeying and loving Him and bringing glory of the Father.
Luke records two times when Jesus sent out disciples: the twelve (9:1-2) and a group of seventy-two (10:1-17). He gave them power and authority to expel demons, to heal diseases, and to proclaim the kingdom of God in His name. The seventy-two disciples “returned with joy, saying, ‘Lord, even the demons are subject to us in Your name” (Luke 10:17).
Do you add the words “in Jesus’ name I pray,” because that’s what you’ve been taught to do or because you’ve heard others say that? Can you picture instead Jesus saying, “Father, this is a prayer from your child [insert your name]”? Can you picture the heavenly Father’s delight when you pray confidently in the authority of His Son’s name?
Read the story of the sending out of seventy disciples in Luke 10:1-17. What purpose did Jesus give for sending them? What happened?
What purpose did Jesus give in John 15:16 for the Father’s answering our prayer in Jesus’ name?
Read Acts 4:1-31 When Peter and John were questioned by the Sanhedrin after they had healed a man in Jesus’ name, how did Peter and John respond? (See especially verses 8-12.) After their release, what did they pray? (See v. 29.) How did God answer their prayer? (See verse 31.)
Nancy J. Baker
*Marching Orders For the End Battle, CLC, 2006, 38.