When we receive Jesus’ name and pray in His name we are claiming who He is, because a person’s name always stands for the person. And so when we pray, saying, “in Jesus name,” we must have in our mind a picture or an idea of what He is like; His personality, His character, His ideas, His work, etc.
It is quite obvious in scripture that when “name” is used for God or Jesus it means His person. Here are a few examples:
Psalms 8:1 “How majestic is thy name…”
Psalms 72:17 “May His name endure forever…”
Psalms 102:15 “…the nations will fear the name of the Lord.”
John 1:12 “…even to those who believe in His name.”
And so when we are reading along in the bible and we read, “How majestic is Thy name,” we should not think of how nice the name of God sounds, etc., but we should think of how great and majestic the person and the character of God is. And when we read of how His name endures forever, of course it means that God Himself is eternal.
I don’t mean to say that a name means nothing, but what I am saying is that a person’s name is a title to who the person is. The more I know the person the more value and meaning the name has to me. The name of Jesus is so sweet not because of all the sweet sounding letters of His name, but because of how sweet He is as a person.
And the more I live for Him and obey Him and serve Him the more I will see of His power and strength as I pray in His name. Yes, for the obedient Christian, the demons will flee at the sound of His name; for behind that name is a powerful awesome God in the person of Jesus Christ.
When we pray in His name we not only claim who He is, but we claim what He has. In other words, we come with the expectation that all of the resources of God are ours. We only need name what we want at the time and it is ours to have. And we can make this bold claim not because of any degree of wishful thinking or of trying to boost up my faith, but because of the very nature of true prayer and of the love of God. For He has already blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ (Eph. 1:3). In Christ we have everything. Paul declared in 1 Corinthians 3:22-23, “All things belong to you, and you belong to Christ; and Christ belongs to God.” So all of us in the family of God have it all! And it comes to us as we pray in His name.
In my next post I will illustrate in three different ways how we may ask in His name and receive all that we ask for.