THE STORY OF JESUS: John 16:17-24
“My Father will give you whatever you ask in my name.” (John 16:23)
The “name of the Lord” refers to more than the label we attach to God.
His name represents His identity, His character and His purpose.
For example read Exodus 34:5-7 where God proclaims His name to Moses.
When Jesus speaks of His name, He means the same things.
Praying in Jesus’ name is not just a phrase we use like a password.
Just saying ‘in Jesus name’ does not make the request in His name.
The person asking will have embraced the fullness of Who Jesus is.
They will love and honour the identity, the character and the purpose of Jesus.
They will seek God, His kingdom and righteousness, just like Jesus did.
And this will shape their prayer requests, what they want from God.
When we pray to God, are we asking for our sake, or for Jesus’ sake?
Jesus is promising a deep joy when we when pray with, like and for Him.
Knowing that God always answers Jesus-honouring prayer brings joy.
We may not see it right away (grief), “but our grief will turn to joy!” (v.20)
What do you sense the Lord saying to you?
Lord, I want people to experience You for real. I want people to have a life-changing experience with Your Spirit. Use me to lead others to You and God… in Jesus’ Name!