As a child my grandmother taught me something about prayer I never forgot. Even today her words are clear, Kathleen, always say, ‘In the Name of Jesus’ at the end of every prayer. If you don’t, the devil can come and steal your prayer before it gets to God. This really worried me. No matter how tired I was at bedtime, every prayer would end, In Jesus Name. After all, I wanted to be sure my requests made it to the right address.
Knowing our petitions reached the right address is important. Especially since most of us are waiting for a return response. In recent years a lot has been said about praying, In Jesus Name. Maybe some of it goes back to my Grandmother’s teaching- a special ‘post mark’ to keep satan away. But using the Name of Jesus goes far beyond saying the words, In Jesus name.
The Stamp Of Approval
The Sons of Sceva uttered His name in a story recounted in the book of Acts. (Acts 19:13-17) They were busy trying to free a demonized man. After a little struggle they said, In the Name of Jesus. The demons taunted, Jesus we know… but who are you? Now that’s a scary question. Next the evil spirits beat up the sons of Sceva and sent them naked into the public streets. Christ’s name didn’t come to their rescue. In the gospels, Jesus tells the story of some workers who performed healing’s, deliverance’s, miracle’s (Matthew 7:22-23) Many will say to Me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name cast out demons, and in Your name perform many miracles?’ And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; DEPART FROM ME, YOU WHO PRACTICE LAWLESSNESS.’
In both cases people were using the right Name and doing the right things but they had a wrong relationship. There is great power in the Name of Jesus. Yet we can only wield the sword of His Name from the place of obedience and intimacy.
What’s In A Name?
When we meet someone for the first time, we are introduced to them by name. The more we get to know the person, the more meaning their name will have. The same is true for Jesus. Knowing His Name, is the first step in our friendship. Yet His desire is for us to move beyond introduction and into intimacy.
One way we can do this is through applying the attributes of Who He is during our prayer times. When we use, the Name of Jesus we must look deeper at all the qualities that His Name reflects. For instance, He is called, Wonderful Counselor. Our, Savior. The, Good Shepherd. Prince of Peace. When we lift up the attributes of His Name, strongholds will weaken and crumble. Not only will we see breakthroughs in prayer but we’ll also break into a much deeper bond with Him. There are said to be 143 names and titles given to Jesus in the Bible. Let’s take a look at one of them.
Isaiah 9:6 And His name will be called Wonderful Counselor…
Have you needed a Wonderful Counselor lately? Are you praying for a friend who does? Read these Bible verses that reveal Him as our Wonderful Counselor: (Matthew 11:28-30; James 1:5-6; Psalms 84:11; Isaiah 49:23.)
Below is a prayer applying the attributes of His Name as Wonderful Counselor but you can create your own prayer as well.
Jesus, I thank You that You are the Wonderful Counselor. I am not left to figure things out on my own. I embrace You at this moment as my Wonderful Counselor. I declare Your Word that says ‘ none of those who wait for You will be put to shame.’ I thank You that You are gentle and humble in heart, and that I can learn from You. I thank you that Your counsel will bring life. I know that You will grant the wisdom that I need as I ask for it. And I trust that You will guide me with Your eye upon me. Jesus in Your Name as my Wonderful Counselor, I receive the wisdom and guidance needed.
Here are a few other Names and titles given to Jesus. He is called, Almighty; Awesome; Anchor; Bridegroom; Beloved; Burden-Bearer; Creator; Conqueror; Crucified; Dwelling Place; Deliverer; Enabler; Father; Guardian; Giver; Holy; Helper; Intercessor; Invincible; Judge; Keeper; Lamb of God; Love; Most High; Overcomer; Prophet; Potter; Provider; Redeemer; Savior; Teacher; Uplifter; Vine; Water of Life; Worthy; Yoke Fellow; Zealous.
The Bible is full of verses that give us a closer look at our Savior. Do some word studies and begin making your personal list of the Names of Jesus in the Bible. Collect a treasury of scripture verses that correspond with that aspect of His Name. Then pray it! Sing it! Declare it!
I think my Grandmother exercised wisdom when she told me to end my prayers, In Jesus Name. However, I no longer see it as postal protection to get my prayers passed enemy lines. Praying in His Name is a chance to secure the breakthrough with His Person. So much of what happens in His Kingdom is because of Who He is. Isn’t it time that we press in to know Him better?