I want to thank a very dear Sister in Christ for bringing up a question that led to this lesson. This lesson will go great in conjunction with the teaching I did entitled, “Who Do We Pray To?” I believe that it will not only round out that study but also answer some other questions that arose from it as well.
In that lesson I explained the importance of praying or communicating to the Father; whether it be vocally, or meditating on Him and His ways. I used the reference in Matthew Chapter 6 that so many of us know as “The Lord’s Prayer” as our example.
The fact that we pray to the Father doesn’t ever change, for it is with Him that all our needs are met, our strength is received, including direction and purpose in our lives of service to Him. But there are times when we do pray, especially when it comes to requests, that we do so in the name, or with the authority of Jesus.
John 14:12 ¶ “Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also; and greater works than these he will do, because I go to My Father.
13 “And whatever you ask in My name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.
14 “If you ask anything in My name, I will do it.”
25 ¶ “These things I have spoken to you while being present with you.
26 “But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you.”
15:16 “You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should remain, that whatever you ask the Father in My name He may give you.”
16:23 ¶ “And in that day you will ask Me nothing. Most assuredly, I say to you, whatever you ask the Father in My name He will give you.
24 “Until now you have asked nothing in My name. Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full.
25 “These things I have spoken to you in figurative language; but the time is coming when I will no longer speak to you in figurative language, but I will tell you plainly about the Father.
26 “In that day you will ask in My name, and I do not say to you that I shall pray the Father for you;
27 “for the Father Himself loves you, because you have loved Me, and have believed that I came forth from God.”
Ephesians 5:20 “giving thanks always for all things to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ,”
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.”
Many people are confused and believe that the very name “Jesus” has some magical or mystical quality. But this is New Age thinking and departs from the truth of the Scriptures. The power of the name Jesus, is in the authority that He gives to those that know and abide IN Him! The name of Jesus IS known for every good and great thing that comes from God the Father, but the real power comes from the PERSON of Jesus and not just reciting His name.
As an example to this I will give you another Scripture in Matthew:
7:21 ¶ “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven.
22 “Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’
23 “And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’ (bold emphasis mine)
You can see by these verses that it isn’t the name of Jesus that carries the authority, it is the abiding IN Him, the KNOWING Him in a personal way that carries the authority. We can use His name only when we have a personal, intimate relationship with Him; otherwise, you are doing things using His name without permission, without His authority or power! This is why He will tell some, that He never knew them!
Why can we go to the Father and using the name of Jesus, know that we are being heard? Remember that God cannot bear sin, it is an abomination to Him. So unless you are covered in the Blood Offering of Jesus, the Father can’t hear you, only IN Jesus can the Father hear you and your prayers.
Leviticus 11:44 “and you shall be holy; for I am holy.”
Deuteronomy 25:16 “For all who do such things, all who behave unrighteously, are an abomination to the LORD your God.”
Psalms 5:4 For You are not a God who takes pleasure in wickedness, Nor shall evil dwell with You.
5 The boastful shall not stand in Your sight; You hate all workers of iniquity.
6 You shall destroy those who speak falsehood; The LORD abhors the bloodthirsty and deceitful man.
Proverbs 3:31 Do not envy the oppressor, And choose none of his ways;
32 For the perverse person is an abomination to the LORD, But His secret counsel is with the upright.
12:22 ¶ Lying lips are an abomination to the LORD, But those who deal truthfully are His delight.
15:9 ¶ The way of the wicked is an abomination to the LORD, But He loves him who follows righteousness.
Luke 16:14 Now the Pharisees, who were lovers of money, also heard all these things, and they derided Him.
15 And He said to them, “You are those who justify yourselves before men, but God knows your hearts. For what is highly esteemed among men is an abomination in the sight of God.
16 “The law and the prophets were until John. Since that time the kingdom of God has been preached, and everyone is pressing into it.
(Remember the Kingdom of God is righteousness and that is exactly what John preached.)
The one exception that the Father makes concerning the hearing of our prayers WITHOUT the covering of Jesus’ Blood, is when we cry out to Jesus Himself to save us from our sinfulness! Remember this also, our Heavenly Father already knows our heart, He knows our true needs; God sees the need for us to be covered by Jesus’ Blood and when we finally realize it, our hearts are aligned with the will of God Himself.
You can see that sin and God will not and cannot abide in the same place. This is why when we come to the Father, and we can come boldly, we do so covered by the Blood of Jesus Christ. When we approach the Father, what He sees is a child, sinless, covered by the payment required of sin, by the Blood of His Son. Yes, the Father sees you the individual, don’t misunderstand that. But Jesus Blood cleanses, washes away the taint and stain of sin. It is when we are thus covered that we are able to be in the presence of the Most Holy Father, and be there intimately!
We are covered by the Blood of Jesus, not because we said some words, but because we asked Him to come and abide within us. We chose to have Him, Lord and Master of our lives. What small price on our part to be in servitude to the One who bought us freedom with His very Blood and earthly life! It is when He abides in us, KNOWS us, in an intimate, personal way, that we then have the authority to go before the Father in the AUTHORITY of Jesus. Our Father already knows who has that authority and who can come in Jesus name, for remember, the Father and the Son are One.
Because we come to the Father through the Son and in the authority of the Son, we don’t have to plead or beg. We can have the confidence that whatsoever we ask will be provided to us. Now I need to make something clear here just as I did in the other study; this doesn’t give us license to ask for frivolous or things that aren’t necessary!
I gave you the Scripture that many use to justify asking for things they desire, showing how it is twisted. Well, here is one that people use with the authority of Jesus name and again, they take it out of context and twist it.
John 16:23 ¶ “And in that day you will ask Me nothing. Most assuredly, I say to you, whatever you ask the Father in My name He will give you.
24 “Until now you have asked nothing in My name. Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full.”
So many people use this to justify asking for things, for desires that have nothing to do with the Kingdom of God and everything to do with their happiness. But notice that Jesus was telling them they would receive so that their JOY would be full. Joy is a fruit of the Spirit. It comes when we are walking in the Spirit and not in the flesh. Joy is not based on the pleasantness of our circumstances as is happiness. To be happy, things must be going our way or we are sad. Joy is of the spirit. We can have joy abounding within us by spreading the seeds of joy and reaping the harvest of spiritual joy. We CAN be sad emotionally and still have joy spiritually!
Jesus didn’t tell us that our happiness would be full or complete, He promised our JOY would be. The other thing is this; if you are intimate with the Father; if you have the Son abiding in you and you KNOW Him and He KNOWS you, then you will also know what to ask for, for you are not fulfilling your will but rather His will, since you have asked Him to be Lord (Master).
You can see why it is so very important to take the WHOLE counsel of God, from the Word, and not just the parts that you want to use to justify a theory or doctrine. This is why intimacy and a very personal relationship with the Father is so important. When we know the mind of the Father, His Spirit, we know HIS desires, for it is HIS desires that He places in our hearts!
As a True child of the Father, we KNOW that we have the authority of Jesus Christ, because it was Jesus and His sacrifice that won us the freedom to again commune and communicate with the Father, our spirit to His Spirit. We can then ask in that authority, we can work and do what is necessary in the world IN that authority. It is not reciting the name necessarily, but it is recognizing our position in Christ and the inherent authority we have by abiding in Him!
When we are praying publicly it is a good thing to end with “in the name of Jesus” or “in the name of Jesus Christ” or even “by the authority of Jesus Christ” because you don’t know if there is an unbeliever who is among you and it is letting them know that it is in His authority that we ask or do these things. When the answer comes and those that are unbelievers see the answer, then the glory and honor is given to the Father, because ALL honor and glory go through the Son, to the Father. Jesus did everything and so should we, that the Father be glorified. We glorify the Father though, in the authority of Jesus, the Son of the Father!
Remember, our lifestyle in Christ, as Christians, or followers of Christ, is not one of ritual. It is not the “letter” of the Word, but the Spirit and the intent of the Word of God that we follow. Christianity is NOT a religion, it is a lifestyle. It is a spiritual walk, an endeavor to follow after Christ, by His example so that we as the Father’s children, might, just like Christ did, bring glory and honor to the Father.
There are no magic potions or sayings in Christianity, there are intimate and personal relationships with the Father, through the Son, empowered by the Holy Spirit that dwells within each of us!
God Bless you all very richly and so abundantly as you become more intimate and empowered in the Name of our Lord Jesus Christ.