In Jesus’ Name Is Not A Formula For Worldly Wants

Thou shalt call his name Jesus. He shall save his people from their sins. 

– Leonard Ravenhill.

Before I was saved, I had observed Christians always end their prayer with In Jesus’ Name. It was not foreign for me, because in Catholicism Jesus’ name and other saints’ names are invoked at the end of the prayers. But I still cannot remove the feeling, that it sounds like a formula that you have to say to make your prayer more powerful. Little did I know that I have offended the holiness of Jesus’ name when I had grouped Him with pagan deities. The more I read the Bible, the better understanding I receive that there is no formula in our prayers to receive our worldly wants.

Bible Reading

Today’s devotional reading is from the Book of John 14:12-14. Please, read our recent devotional from the Book of John 16:13-16: Jesus Christ The Ultimate Role Model Of Servant Leadership

Jesus Commanded To Ask In His Name

Jesus said to His apostles to ask whatever in His name. He had said this to comfort His apostles because He knew that His hour was at hand. This message was to uplift those who believe in Him, that whoever does His command will receive assistance when they pray in His name.

John MacArthur highlighted three meanings when we use Jesus’ name in our prayers, in his commentary. The first, the prayer is for Jesus’ purpose and kingdom and not for our selfish reasons. Second, the prayer should be based on Jesus’ merits, not on our own. Last, the prayer should be a pursuit of Jesus’ glory. John MacArthur affirmed that it is not a mere formula you say at the end of each prayer. Learn more.

His Name Is Not A Formula For You

Paul wrote, and whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him (Colossians 3:17). What Paul said declares that in all things, not only in prayers, we should do in the name of Jesus. This means that we have to obey His commands and teachings. Not only invoke His precious name when we are in need. Although, I do know that we are often overwhelmed with the hardships of life. But let not this hardship cloud you with what really matters. 

Let us invoke the name of Jesus with reverence and honour. There is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved (Acts 4:12). He will grant us what we need by His grace and will. And as recipients, let us not be grumbling when our wants are not met. Rather, be thankful for all that He has given us. 

Reflection

This is the time for your journaling. Reflect on these questions. Ask the Holy Spirit to test your faith and your walk with Christ.

Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates? — 2 Corinthians 13:5 KJV.
  1. Do you pray in Jesus’ name?
  2. What is your reason why you use His name in your prayers?
  3. How do you know if you are praying according to the three points of John MacArthur?
  4. Where is Jesus in your life? Accept Jesus Now.
  5. What are your reflections for this Lenten Week?

Prayer

Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.
Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.
And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.

The Lord’s Prayer: Matthew 6:9-13

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