“So Eliphaz the Temanite, Bildad the Shuhite and Zophar the Naamathite,
did what the Lord commanded them; and the Lord accepted Job’s prayer.”
Asking in the Name of Jesus pt 5
We left off yesterday studying from the Book of Acts in Acts 3:1-8. This is where Peter and John were going into the Temple. There, at the gate, they met a man who was begging for alms. He had been crippled from birth. Peter stopped and told the man to “look on us.”
Yesterday, we discovered that Jesus was talking about demanding SATAN would loose whatever hold he had on someone, be it physical or whatever. We learned we have that authority and that demons would have to bow to the Name of Jesus – even when WE were the ones using His Name. Amen!
Now, in John 16:23, we see where Jesus told us, “…in that day, you will ask me nothing.” One translation says, “…in that day, you shall not pray to me…” Why? Because He has told us several times now, in our study, that we are to “pray to the Father in the Name of Jesus.”
This is talking about praying to the Father in our place in Christ. Amen! That is how we are to pray. In verse 24, Jesus says, “Hitherto” (or, “up until this time), you have asked me nothing in my name…” In other words, “You have not prayed to the Father in my Name.” He continues, “Ask – and you shall receive, that your joy may be full.”
But in John 14:13-14, we have seen that Jesus is saying something different. Jesus said there, “whatsoever you ask, in my Name, that will I do, so that the Father will Glorified in the Son. If you ask ANYTHING in my Name, I WILL DO IT.”
That is a marvelous promise. Amen! And since Jesus is God – He can’t lie, right? That means what He said is the Truth. Don’t shout me down when I’m preaching good! Praise God!
As I said, here Jesus is saying YOU are to use His Name to DEMAND what is rightfully due to you as a believer. You are NOT demanding God the Father do something. You are demanding that Satan cease and desist in his operations against you or someone you are praying for, by the authority of the Name of Jesus. You are speaking with HIS AUTHORITY that He issued to you.
It is the authority in the Name of Jesus that does it.
When I was a police officer, I could stand in the middle of the highway with my arm raised and traffic would stop. If I was in civilian clothes, I may have been run over. But by wearing the uniform and badge, I was operating under the authority vested in my position. And traffic would obey – or face the consequences. It was not ME doing the stopping. It was the position I held and being identified as someone who had the authority to command traffic to stop.
As a believer, it is not YOU or your authority that is doing the commanding. It is You using the authority and the position given to you by Jesus. You are operating under HIS authority. Amen!
Me, alone and in civilian clothes, could not stop a bicycle going down the sidewalk at a fast pace. But in uniform and operating under the authority of the law – I could hold up my hand and semi-trucks would stop! Amen!
That is the authority Jesus is talking about us using here. Not “our authority,” HIS authority – that He has vested in us to use, IN HIS NAME. Praise God! I pray that you are getting this…
In fact, I want to pray for you right now that you did get this example and are grasping an understanding of the authority you possess – in and by the Name of Jesus! Amen!
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Until next time, this is Pastor Bob Thibodeau reminding you from 1 Thessalonians 5:17 in the Living Bible to “Always Keep on Praying!” Be blessed in all that you do!
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