‘IN JESUS NAME’ – WHY SAY IT?

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‘IN JESUS NAME’ – WHY SAY IT?

You have heard it said in exasperation many a time; ‘In god’s name, why don’t you clean up your room?’, ‘In god’s name, why don’t you get a job?’, ‘In god’s name, why don’t you …?’. We are all familiar with that phrase, so familiar in fact, that it punctuates our prayers.

But have you ever wondered why we say that? Why do we always end our prayers with Jesus’ name? What does it do for us and why is it so significant? Well, beloved, let’s find out.

Nearing the time when He was about to be arrested, Jesus famously said to His disciples;

“Until now you have asked nothing in My name. Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full.” John 16:24

And indeed, before this, no one had any idea that they could ask for anything in Jesus’ name; not during the time of Abraham, not during the time of Moses. In fact, even when Jesus taught His disciples to pray, He didn’t include His own name in the prayer. So why the sudden change?

“In that day you will ask in My name, and I am not saying to you that I will ask the Father on your behalf [because it will be unnecessary]; for the Father Himself [tenderly] loves you, because you have loved Me and have believed that I came from the Father.” John 16:26-27 [AMP]

Jesus points to a day in which asking in His name will be, as He put it, unnecessary, because we would have direct access to our God our Father. And because our Father loves us tenderly, we need no intermediary to seek our Father’s blessings. So when is that day?

“I came from the Father and have come into the world; again, I am leaving the world and going to the Father.” John 16:28 [AMP]

That is the day when Jesus returned to the Father. So when we come face to face with our Father in the same way that Jesus is always in our Father’s presence right now, that is the day when asking in Jesus’ name will be unnecessary. But why is that the case?

Alright, imagine this. You are there, before the throne of grace, and Jesus is next to the Father, and you say ‘Father can I have this or that, in Jesus’ name’? It’ll be tantamount to asking Jesus to ask the Father for you when He’s just sitting right there, won’t it? So is it little wonder then that Jesus is telling us right here that on that day, He’ll tell you to the face, ‘go ask Him yourself, He’s sitting right there’?

But right now, when Heaven seems so far away, when faith can sometimes be difficult, and Jesus says,

“And whatever you ask in My name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask anything in My name, I will do it.” John 14:13-14

What He’s really saying is, ‘Hey, I understand that you feel a little far away; so tell you what, let me help you along the way, let me answer your prayers for you, just so that you don’t have to wonder if prayers can travel that far’. Because, notice who it is that answers your prayers? On that day, when you are face to face with the Father, our Father is the one who answers your prayers, for “the Father Himself [tenderly] loves you”. But for now, Jesus is the one getting the job done, because twice in two verses does He say, “I will do”.

So when we end a prayer in Jesus’ name, we are essentially saying to Jesus, ‘Hey, remember, you promised’.

Now, don’t let my cavalier attitude to this topic take any weight away from its reality, for make no mistake, beloved; as Jesus Himself said, “the Father Himself [tenderly] loves you, because you have loved Me and have believed that I came from the Father.” John 16:26-27 [AMP]

We who believe in Jesus are a privileged bunch, because our Father loves us tenderly. And the moment Jesus dismissed His spirit on the cross,

“And [at once] the veil [of the Holy of Holies] of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom; the earth shook and the rocks were split apart.” Matthew 27:51 [AMP]

A fundamental paradigm shift took place that changed the way God relates to us. In the past, the Holy of Holies was reserved for the High Priest. Now, Jesus’ death has torn the veil to the Holy of Holies, giving us direct access to our Father’s love. In the past, blessings and forgiveness flowed through an intermediary. Now, our Father’s grace flows directly to us. And that is why Jesus said,

“In that day you will ask in My name, and I am not saying to you that I will ask the Father on your behalf [because it will be unnecessary]; for the Father Himself [tenderly] loves you, because you have loved Me and have believed that I came from the Father.” John 16:26-27 [AMP]

Jesus’ death has made it unnecessary for us to have any intermediary between us and God. We now have full and complete access to our Father and can come directly to Him to ask anything of Him, because we have believed in the saving grace of Jesus.

But ‘God’ is a very distant and foreign concept to many of us, and so being told that we are able to approach God directly is about as useful as telling us that we have just won the lottery but need to go to the farthest regions of Timbuktu to claim it. So that is why Jesus says,

“And whatever you ask in My name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask anything in My name, I will do it.” John 14:13-14

You know, Paul says,

“It is Christ who died, and furthermore is also risen, who is even at the right hand of God, who also makes intercession for us.” Romans 8:34

Doesn’t it strike you as strange that we need Christ to make intercession for us? After all, wasn’t it Paul who also said,

“For the death he died he died to sin, once for all, but the life He lives He lives to God. So you also must consider yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus.” Romans 6:10-11 [ESV]

And didn’t Peter also agree by saying

“For Christ also suffered once for sins, the just for the unjust, that He might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive by the Spirit,” 1 Peter 3:18

So why is there a need for Him to make intercession? And not just intercession, continual intercession, as it is written,

“Therefore He is also able to save to the uttermost those who come to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them.” Hebrews 7:25

How do we reconcile this disjoint? Well, it’s simple really, Jesus is our double guarantee. I mean, think about it. If you were one of Jesus’ disciples and Jesus told you that you were going to be handed over to the Father’s care once Jesus was dead, it wouldn’t have given you much peace of mind, would it? Face it, once we have established a relationship with someone, we want that person to continue down that journey with us, no matter what. Even insurance companies know this, and that is why some of them even have dedicated claims representatives who will follow you through the entire claims process from start to finish. Now think, if we humans can realize that about ourselves, won’t Jesus have realized that too?

“For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin.” Hebrews 4:15

So because we have established a relationship with Jesus, because we have felt His leading, because He knows what we need to feel safe and secure, He puts Himself as a second guarantee, so that if WE THINK that our prayers are not going to reach the Father, if WE THINK our Father is too busy and has overlooked our request, Jesus is there as a second safety net, not to help our Father manage the ‘prayerload’, but to give us peace of mind.

So what does it really mean to end our prayers in Jesus name?

“Whatever you do [no matter what it is] in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus [and in dependence on Him], giving thanks to God the Father through Him.” Colossians 3:17 [AMP]

You are essentially saying, ‘Jesus, I know I need help, so help me out here, I’m counting on You’.

Beloved, Jesus has given us a precious double guarantee. So when you next end your prayer in Jesus' name, mean it, and depend on Him to meet your need. Then get out there and do everything you need to do knowing that Jesus will guide you into the protection and provision that you seek.

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