Wednesday, November 18, 2015

In Jesus Name!

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These are evil times, so make every minute count.  Don't be stupid. Instead, find out what the Lord wants you to do.  Don't destroy yourself by getting drunk, but let the Spirit fill your life.  When you meet together, sing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs, as you praise the Lord with all your heart.   Always use the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to thank God the Father for everything.

Ephesians 5:16-20

Do you use the Name of Jesus when you pray?  I have heard it said that God doesn't hear you unless you say "In Jesus Name" at the conclusion of a prayer.  And I know those who almost never say those words, but will tell you that they never pray except in the Name of Jesus.

The phrase "In Jesus Name" is not three magic words that sends your prayer through the gates of Heaven to the throne of God.  When it comes to prayer, the important thing is Who you know not how you say it!

When you give your heart, mind and life itself to Jesus Christ, He gives you the right to approach the throne of God in His Name!  It is a marvelous and really unbelievable benefit that comes from having faith in Jesus.   You can tell God Himself what you think about your life and the life situations of those around you.  And you can ask Him to apply His mercy, grace and love to those problems!  And then you can say to God, "I come to You in the Name of Jesus!"

Many Christians are like a man who carries a thousand dollars in his pocket for an emergency, but never uses it.  The power of God as accessed through prayer can be just as ignored as that stash of money.  If you never ask God for Him to touch your life with His power, you will never know the wonder of seeing God Almighty work in your life!

"Lord, may Your power today be seen in my life and in those situations that seem so impossible.  And may You be praised forever.  Amen."

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