Monday, December 14, 2015

In the Name of Jesus

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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 5:19-20

Can everybody pray in the name of Jesus? When someone ends a prayer with those three words what does it mean? Jesus Himself said that no one comes to the Father except through Him. We were not born with automatic access to God the Father. In fact, we came into this world having been cut off from God by the sin that started in the Garden of Eden. Because of Adam and Eve we had no way to approach the throne of God.

When you become a follower of Jesus Christ you gain access to God even as the first couple had before the fall! Your conversations with God can be up close and personal, like the prayers of Jesus we find in the New Testament. You can praise Him or plead with Him all in the Name of Jesus.

When Jesus prayed the night before He went to the Cross, He told the Father that He wanted some other way if it were possible. Even Jesus saw the will of God and found it difficult to accept. Just because you can pray in the Name of Jesus don't think that God's will for your life will not be hard. It was for Jesus and it will be for you as well.

But when you come to God in the Name of Jesus, there is nothing you cannot ask and there is nothing He cannot do. You are only limited by your desire to do His will above everything else in life. So as you come to know His will, that is what you will pray for and that is what you will receive!

"Lord, I come to You in the Name of Jesus Christ and ask again that Your will be done in and through me today. And may You be praised forever. Amen."

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