If you ask anything in My name, I will do it.
God’s name is synonymous with His person, His presence and His power, and is therefore held in the highest honor. The apostle Peter said to the man at the temple gate, “Silver and gold I do not have, but what I do have I give you: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk.” (Acts 3:6 NKJV) Peter then reached down and took the man by the hand and lifted him up. Peter was bestowed power in the name of Jesus. It was not Peter’s own power, but the power of Jesus. What a glorious day for a man who was lame his entire life. What does this scripture passage mean to us today?
The person of Jesus is a name above all other names. This was bestowed upon Jesus for His obedience to death on the cross for us. God highly exalted Him. There is no other like Jesus. No other Name by which we must be saved. (Acts 4:12) The right of Jesus Christ to speak and act on his Father’s behalf in forgiving sin, pronouncing judgment and promising eternal life to those who believe in him. Jesus’ authority underlines His divine status.
The presence and power of Jesus that has authority over nature (Mark 4:39), authority over sin (Luke 5:18-26), authority over sickness (Matthew 20:31-34), authority over evil (Luke 10:17), and even authority over death. (Matthew 28:1-7)
Matthew Henry said in his commentary, “To ask in Christ’s name is to plead his merit and intercession, and to depend upon that plea.” What he is saying is we can depend on receiving what we ask in the name of Jesus because of what Jesus did for us. And Jesus’ intercession for us covers each and every prayer we pray in the name of Jesus. Think about it. If we were to ask in our own name, we cannot expect to receive anything. Being sinners we have no name in Heaven, no authority in Heaven, no place in Heaven. But Jesus’ name is a highly exalted name, well known in heaven, and very precious. Jesus said, “All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.” (Matthew 28:18 NKJV) We should aim at His glory and to seek this as our highest end in all our prayers.
Lord God, thank You for the cross. For because of Your great sacrifice we can be assured that You cover and intercede in our prayers in the name of Jesus. You are highly exalted Lord and given all power in heaven and in earth. All authority is Yours. Our confidence lies in Your power to save, to deliver, to heal, to restore, to encourage, and to give eternal life. Thank You, Jesus. Your Name be praised. In Your honor and glory we pray. AMEN.
Don’t believe me, believe God!