My premise in this series of blogs is that effective prayer...prayer "in the name of Jesus"...is based on our coming to know the truer and fuller nature of God, through the grace of God and the work of the Holy Spirit. Ultimately, it is the kind of praying that brings the will of heaven to bear upon the earth, because the person praying has clearly discerned the heart, mind, will and purposes on earth of the God who is in heaven....the invisible realm of God right nearby and interfacing with the visible realm we can see with our eyes.
Praying "in the name of Jesus" implies that the one praying does so as an official earthly representative of the Lord of heaven and earth, Jesus Christ. This is the same dynamic that allowed the power of His Father and the Holy Spirit to work through Jesus during his earthly ministry. So Jesus explained, "I tell you the truth, the Son can do nothing by himself. He does only what he sees the Father doing. Whatever the Father does, the Son also does." John 5:19
Because Jesus lived, worked and prayed according to the nature or, in the name, of His Father, He was able to pray very simply. Often, He just spoke a clear command to spirit or matter and the sub-normal situations on earth aligned with the will of God. He spoke to fevers, demons, people, fig trees, wind and waves and things that are impossible with men occurred. Then, He told us that we could, would and should operate in life and ministry in the very same manner that He did. “Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever believes in me will also do the works that I do; and greater works than these will he do, because I am going to the Father. Whatever you ask in my name, this I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask me anything in my name, I will do it." John 14:12-14
Though this concept of prayer has been misused and abused in past religious movements, this does not negate its validity. I have personally experienced this kind of powerful prayer on a number of occasions. I believe that we will yet see the followers of Jesus grow up into the proper and mature expression of Colossians 3:17 - And whatever you do or say, do it as a representative of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through him to God the Father. (NLT)
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