Do spread the word as widely as you can. This is a rescue mission: to get the message out to a wide readership. We can pick a few keen ones among them for deeper mentoring. This is in addition to our discipleship programme; not a substitute.

The way we use the name of Jesus when speaking to the Father is totally different to any other uses. Jesus said, “ And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son” (John 14:13). “ In that day you will no longer ask me anything. Very truly I tell you, my Father will give you whatever you ask in my name. 24 Until now you have not asked for anything in my name. Ask and you will receive, and your joy will be complete. 26 In that day you will ask in my name. I am not saying that I will ask the Father on your behalf.27 No, the Father himself loves you because you have loved me and have believed that I came from God” (John 16:23-24,26-27).

The way we use the name of Jesus in prayer to the Father is unique. When the Father recognises the user as a person who loves His Son He is more inclined to hear us. Jesus told His disciples, “whatever you ask in my name I will do”, but a day is coming when you can ask the Father directly in my name. He will answer you as if I was the One asking. So, there is no need to present, as it were, many faces of Jesus before the Father by using the name over and over. Simply round up your prayer by saying: “All this I ask, in Jesus’ name. We are not using the name here as a key to gain entrance, or a weapon to gain victory, but as a currency, a medium of exchange. When I pray in Jesus name the Father only sees Jesus.

The Name Of Jesus As A Weapon

Where confusion comes in is that in many other prayer situations we can use that name as frequently as we deem fit until the job is done. In the following texts we see that the Name of Jesus is used as a key, a weapon, a shelter. The more stubborn the situation the more we apply the name.

  1. Mk 16:17, “ And these signs will accompany those who believe: in my name they will drive out demons; they will speak in new tongues;” We use the name several times to drive demons out one by one.
  2. Prov 18:10, “The name of the Lord is a fortified tower; the righteous run to it and are safe.” We can call upon that name in times of danger or temptation as many times as required.
  3. Col 3:17, “ And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.” Clearly here the name of Jesus can be part of our action plan.

2 Kings 13:18-19,Then he said, ‘Take the arrows,’ and the king took them. Elisha told him, ‘Strike the ground.’ He struck it three times and stopped. 19 The man of God was angry with him and said, ‘You should have struck the ground five or six times; then you would have defeated Aram and completely destroyed it. But now you will defeat it only three times.’

When used as a weapon the more repeatedly the name of the Lord is used the more thoroughly the enemy is dealt with. Quite the opposite when we pray to the Father, where the name of Jesus represents the Person Himself. What a gift? “And I will do whatever you ask in my name”. We only need use the name several times in the face of a stubborn situation. Before the Father, however, who is more eager to answer us than we are to ask Him, even a whisper of that wonderful name is all it takes.

If the name is called out of frivolous habit, it will become ineffective. Your heart will no longer believe what your mouth says. So do not take the name of the Lord in vain.

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