Part of the reasons why i have not blogged for a while was this issue that has been troubling me for a while. Few weeks back, i stopped praying as frequently as i do before. Whatever i am going to share may be cliche to you because i am sure most of you would have come across this thought once or twice. I too face this question rather sometime back in my life but didnt really stop and ponder as long as i did this time.
What does Jesus’s name means to you?
Lets try imagining these in your mind:
A recruit come running to his sergeant and said, “Minister of Defence TCH declared 1 month break for all soldiers!”
A journalist wrote this “All Singaporean to double their bonus at the end of year” and signed off by LKY. What will the outcome be?
All soldiers will be on leave for a month! All Singaporeans are really going to receive double bonus! Why is that so? They believe in the authority that these people have. Believing is faith. They have faith in their authority as ministers, prime minsters etc.
Or an example nearer to home..say my brother telling me, “Papa says you cannot drive the car out.” That itself already contains some form of authority and power isnt it?
All that we have talked about are in the names of important people. Then what about in the name of Jesus? Do we believe in Jesus as a God?
My last BSP module was the Gospels – Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. Kept reading on the miracles done by Jesus and none of them fails. None.
But why is it in today’s world, in our daily lives when we pray for miracles, it is as if none or them are answered? Yes i agree there’s this “everything in its time” theory and true, God’s timetable may not be ours! But i think what i am sharing with regards to here is do we really know what is this that we are praying in? Jesus – the Most High, with authority and power, commands over all things and nature.. our God! 😀 He is our God!
Luke 8:24 – 25
24And they went and woke him, saying, “Master, Master, we are perishing!” And he awoke and rebuked the wind and the raging waves, and they ceased, and there was a calm. 25He said to them, “Where is your faith?” And they were afraid, and they marveled, saying to one another, “Who then is this, that he commands even winds and water, and they obey him?”
Even the winds and water obey him – that was what they said. Jesus commented on their status of faith. These disciples were with Jesus for a period of time already, seen many miracles that Jesus had done such as raising a widow’s son, healing people with leprosy, paralytic and many more! C’mon lets not doubt Jesus anymore! Lets not doubt the name of Jesus, His ability to do the possible (I said possible because sometimes we doubt Him for the simplest things too don’t we?) and the impossible! He is GOD!
John 3:16 is known as the “must know” verse. Shall we all also remember and encourage one another the verse found in Acts 3:16
16And his name—by faith in his name—has made this man strong whom you see and know, and the faith that is through Jesus has given the man this perfect health in the presence of you all.
The lame beggar was healed in the name of Jesus, by faith in his name. Paul had faith in His name.
What do you see yourself as in relation to Jesus?
Acts 19: 13 – 16
13Then some of the itinerant Jewish exorcists undertook to invoke the name of the Lord Jesus over those who had evil spirits, saying, “I adjure you by the Jesus whom Paul proclaims.” 14Seven sons of a Jewish high priest named Sceva were doing this. 15But the evil spirit answered them, “Jesus I know, and Paul I recognize, but who are you?” 16And the man in whom was the evil spirit leaped on them, mastered all of them and overpowered them, so that they fled out of that house naked and wounded.
Look, the evil spirit knew who Jesus was, and Paul, but do not recognize the people who prayed.
Who is Jesus? The Most High.
Who was Paul? The child of the Most High.
Who were these people? Nobody. They do not know what this name is, but went around invoking the name of the Lord not knowing on what basis are they uttering in.
You guys get what i mean??
What troubles me most is ‘abusing’ the name of Jesus. How many times do we pray without knowing the power and authority of this name that we utter? Isn’t it the same as those people who uses “Jesus” as an exclaimation without knowing what they are saying?
after all that has been said…
I think it is very hard to share really my thoughts on this, i think i am not even done with all these thinking. Yet can i urge all of us, children of God, children of the MOST HIGH, to bear in mind the next time we pray, and ask for things in JESUS’s name, remember the power and authority that comes with Jesus, and let us all ask it in the position of God’s children! These two are truths that should remain unshakable no matter what is the outcome!
Rejoice, we have the MOST HIGH as our GOD! We are the children of the LIVING and MOST HIGH GOD, we utter our prayers in the NAME that is ABOVE ALL NAME! 😀 😀 Halleljuah!