It’s an amazing, awe-inspiring bronze recreation of Michael Jordan dunking the ball over several defenders. And you wonder, man, he asked for money, they gave him life. If you choose to publish excerpts from a sermon or article, please provide a link or attribution back to KeepBelieving.com’s version of this article. Let’s turn that truth around for a moment. Abundant. The enemy will do anything to keep man in the dark so that he can continue to oppress him. THIS SERMON is brought to you courtesy of SermonWriter. But it will do you no good. Third, names represent a person’s reputation. Jesus with His resurrected body is there at the right hand of the Father. has just given me the faith to speak healing to you and I now share He is. The God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, the God of our fathers, glorified his servant Jesus, whom you delivered over and denied in the presence of Pilate, when he had decided to release him. He Sometimes (all too often, I fear) I rush into God’s presence as if I have all the answers. In Jesus’ name, Amen.” Now I could pray that way, and I might even be sincere, but we all understand that to pray like that is a misuse of prayer and also a misuse of the name of Jesus. man's; there is no reason in the text to think he was believing Again I say to you, if two of you agree on earth about anything they ask, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven. This is the name of the one who rescued us from sin, death, and the power of the devil, not with gold or silver, but with His holy, precious blood and His innocent suffering and death. Because the name of Jesus stands for the reality of And it shall be that every soul who does not listen to that prophet shall be destroyed from the people.’. the listeners how utterly far they are from the truth and how The faith to heal him came THROUGH John 14:13 says this very clearly: “And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Son may bring glory to the Father.” The purpose of all our prayers should be to bring glory to the Father. Cry out to him with all your heart. name. His names tell us who he is. God doesnt look at you and say, you did great today, so tomorrow I’ll increase your Spiritual power by 10. This, it seems to me, is the key to what happened in verse 4 Listen to or download a digital audio version of one of these messages or receive them via our podcast and feed. If Harold invests my money in AT&T and doubles my investment in a week, he has not acted in my name, because he violated my express instructions to him. Very Similar to Peter's Sermon at Pentecost. Friends, there is enormous potential for us. Here are six answers to that question. ask the Lord to do it all over again. He spoke of the love that the Father has for us. healed. There is no name like the name of Jesus. Because the officers had no authority in themselves to compel anyone to open the door. He is a category unto himself. Let’s come to the bottom line. Never the less, if they do not trust Jesus for the forgiveness of their sins, they are not praying in the name of Jesus. Or we think of it as a kind of spiritual “Open Sesame” or “Abracadabra,” as if by saying words we are doing the Christian equivalent of rubbing Aladdin’s lamp. Since the power of prayer resides in Jesus’ name, it does not rest in the prayer itself. Peter does not take Credit for this himself. If I go to the bank in my own name, they’ll laugh at me, but if I go in the name of Bill Gates, they will honor the check and give me the money. And by the faith given him, he speaks the healing in Jesus' Second, names also represent authority. If he makes a habit of buying high and selling low, he soon will lose all my money, and that is not acting in my name. To approach God apart from Jesus Christ is to guarantee that we will be turned away. But, that Name has all the authority, all the power, all the dignity, all the majesty, and all the glory that Jesus the Person has. But it’s easy to see the fallacy of that thinking. Should he have been Check out these helpful resources And God gets the praise. And when you get ov. If we come to God that way, our prayers won’t get past the front door of heaven. To pray in Jesus’ name means that God hears our prayers for the sake of Christ, our only Mediator and High Priest before God. Thats not what it says. Human heroes come and go but one Name lives on forever. absolute proof) to the truth that Jesus is alive and that he is all On our own we stand before God wrapped in the filthy rags of our own self-righteousness. We are on rock-solid ground when we ask for these things. By virtue of his victorious resurrection and ascension into heaven, God has exalted him to the very highest place in the universe. All contributions are tax-deductible. whom heaven must receive until the time for restoring all the things about which God spoke by the mouth of his holy prophets long ago. We want to join together with pastors and Christian workers to equip the church in China, broadcasting translated sermons, providing ministry resources for Christians and pastors in China. But the Spirit himself makes intercession for us with groanings which can’t be uttered. of the church which is available right now after the service. first one] and denied in the presence of Pilate when he had decided He doesnt have more Holy Spirit. Some of us had fathers who loved us and sacrificed for our benefit. Jesus. Fill your heart with God’s Word and your prayers will soon reflect God’s priorities. How Can I Be Filled With the Holy Spirit. It is right and there is a verse to show that it is. You shall listen to him in whatever he tells you. More hope filled? Peter recognizes that this is the time for the man to be 15) and [you] killed the Author of life [fourth: As you walk up to the statue, the caption at the bottom reads, simply, “The greatest there ever was. I have my list and I want to deliver it quickly and get on with my day. And they were filled with wonder and amazement at what had happened to him. It is the only name that can save us. The name of Jesus is so powerful that ignorance of it is robbing many of God’s blessings and fulfilment in life. And we come to God in Jesus’ name because “salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved” (Acts 4:12). dishonoring they have been to the worth of Jesus. the faith Jesus gives to heal is effective Ask God to show you more of Christ. You might be Joe or Jack or Mike or Bob or Bill, but those names don’t automatically convey any particular message about who you are. Resources to inspire you — and your congregation! You may come to God in the name of Joseph Smith or Mary Baker Eddy or any other religious leader you choose to follow. miracles (1 Corinthians 12:9–10). murderous and suicidal. He who searches the hearts knows what is on the Spirit’s mind, because he makes intercession for the saints according to God. When you pray in Jesus’ name, you are confessing your faith that Jesus Christ is the only way to God. Nor was our religiousness (piety) the agent of healing glorified his servant Jesus, whom you delivered up [that's the On the other hand, if you are saying, “Lord Jesus, this is what I want and I don’t care what you want,” don’t even bother praying because with that attitude, your prayers aren’t going anywhere. That is the content of the wonder—the work of the Father and And then pray that his will might be done. Jesus through Jesus [not in Jesus!] We follow the one who has victory over sin and death. righteous—THE Holy and Righteous One, not a criminal, not a Used by permission. If you wish to support Keep Believing Ministries, your prayers and donations are appreciated, and further enable this worldwide ministry to distribute all materials free of charge. When Jesus instructs us to pray in His name, we remember whose name this is. we have the same cooperation between the Father and the Son that we “And now, brothers, I know that you acted in ignorance, as did also your rulers. In the Name of Jesus. JESUS. That's why verse 16 follows verse 15: You killed the Author of So there is a sense in which every prayer we pray should always be offered in the name of Jesus. But when they knocked “in the name of the law,” they were claiming the full authority of the government of the United States standing behind them and backing them up. We see this clearly in reference to the name of the Lord. Also, there are no recorded prayers in the Bible that end with this phrase. It’s not as if Jesus is at the top of the heap and everyone else is at the bottom. to speak thy word with all boldness, while thou stretchest out thy Again I say to you, if two of you agree on earth about anything they ask, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven. As faith increases, so does the gap, the measure by which God can work powerfully through you. But these three words are rich with meaning. Can you just imagine being there. What? That is, pour out your heart for yourself, your loved ones, for your church, your friends, the missionaries you know, and for the hurting people of the world. Here I speak not about praying that a lost person will be saved (see 2 Peter 3:9), but about such things as seeking a new job, buying a new house, making business decisions, and deciding where to go to college. Does it just mean saying, "In Jesus' name," at the end of every prayer, like we write, "Sincerely," at the end of every letter? leaping and praising God." ), That's the essence of the sermon so far: five exaltations of Yet they all shared one revolutionary conviction: Jesus is Lord. (But don't miss it this morning, if you are among the suicidal These words of Jesus contain a remarkable promise. This also means that those who reject the Holy Spirit’s gift of faith cannot really pray. Jesus’ words go beyond prayer and tell us of the attitude that God the Father has for us. If you’ve promised to not sin again, you’ll move mountains. Each time the Lord Jesus submitted by saying, “Not my will but yours be done.” If Jesus had to pray this way, how much more do we? had caused the crowd to assemble. Amen. witchcraft, magic, sorcery, or mind-over-matter technique. and the relationship between the wonder and the word of God Perhaps we should make some that say WWJP—What Would Jesus Pray? Copyright 2013, James T. Batchelor. This is like a realisation of the Gospel. takes him by the hand and pulled him up and he is healed! First, names in the Bible often represent the character, personality, origin, or destiny of different people. diametrically opposed to him and heaped scorn on his value. No. gave you life and you killed him. The Name stands for the Person. and Righteous One, and asked for a murderer to be granted to you."
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