I. Praying in Jesus name insures His presence.
How do we know? Matthew 18:20, “Where two or more are gathered in my name, there am I in the midst of them.”
His presence guarantees his authority in our prayers.
There is no greater authority or power than that of Jesus. People can thank God for their talent in a general way and the TV Heads are okay with it, but when you start mentioning the name of Jesus, they get nervous. There’s power in the name of Jesus.
His presence in our prayers guarantees his authority in our prayers.
John 9:31, “We know that God does not listen to sinners, but if anyone is a worshiper of God and does his will, God listens to him.”
Philippians 2:9, “Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name.”
You can talk to lost folks about relationships, Christianity, and eternity: I hear something like, “Well preacher, I believe in God, I love God and I think God loves me.”
Hey, if you really want to cut through the mustard and get to the nitti gritty, brass tacks, rubber meets the road area, look them right in the eye and ask, “yeah but how’s your relationship with Jesus Christ?”
I didn’t make these verses up. Look at John 14: 13 & 14. “Whatever you ask in my name, this I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. 14 If you ask me anything in my name, I will do it.”
John 15:16 is the key to getting prayers answered. “You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should abide, so that whatever you ask the Father in my name, he may give it to you.”
His presence guarantees his advocacy
Jesus is our advocate! 1 Tim. 2:5, “For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.”
Jesus intercedes on our behalf. Hebrews 7:25, “Consequently, he is able to save to the uttermost those who draw near to God through him, since he always lives to make intercession for them.”
So it’s not just a formality, or exercise to make you feel better, but it ensures the very presence of Christ Himself. When you pray in Jesus name, you invoke the attention of God.
Have you ever been to a ball game and your child isn’t playing. You’re watching the game and hoping your child’s team wins, but honestly, you really don’t care. However, when they announce that your child’s coming into the game, boy oh boy, you are into this game now. Why? It is because that’s your “kid” in the game.
When you use the name of Jesus, God in heaven above pays special attention.
Years ago, we lived in Salem Illinois. We went to the county fair, and bought $20.00 worth of tickets for the kids to ride those rides. I learned right away, the one with the tickets had the power and control of things.
- Chad and Janice, (My children), would come up to me and say something like this, ”Dad? It takes 2 tickets to ride the scrambler. I said that’s no problem, and I’d peel off those tickets and away they’d go to ride the ride. All of a sudden this other little kid came up and said, “I need 2 tickets for the Ferris wheel.” I said, “tough.” He said, “but it takes 2 tickets and I don’t have any tickets.” I said, “so?” I’m not your dad.” He said but Chad said you’d give me 2 tickets to ride it. So? Would you like to know what I did? I did the same thing you would have done. I peeled off 2 tickets handed it to him and away he went.
If you want to get the attention of almighty God, just mention his son’s name!!!!!!!
I’ve noticed that most of the time we really don’t pray, we just complain to God about everything.
I trust you are enjoying our bible study. I’ll post part 3 tomorrow.