Thursday, December 16, 2010

The Name

A fitting time for me to be reading in Lesson 12 of Live a Praying Life ... Christmas, the time we focus on the birth of Jesus ... and in this lesson, focusing on The Name. 

When we pray, we are instructed to use The Name, the Name that gives authority. 

"God does not teach us to pray from a position of weakness. We will be in a position of weakness in ourselves, but in the spiritual realm we are in a position of authority. The One who has all authority in heaven and on earth has authorized us to speak in His Name." (Live a Praying Life)

"Therefore, God elevated Him to the place of highest honor
and gave Him The Name above all other names,
that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,
in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord,
to the glory of God the Father."
(Philippians 2:9-11 NLT)

And this is The Name that we, as His children, are taught to use when we pray. "When we say the name of Jesus with reverence, when we speak it of the Son of God, the Prince of Peace, Lord and Savior, then it reverberates through the spiritual realm as The Name. The forces of evil tremble and fall on their faces; the warriors of the Lord snap to attention; the angels are on alert. The cry goes out: 'The Name has been exalted. Someone spoke the Name.'" (Live a Praying Life)

Jesus ... the Babe who came on that first Christmas, the One who gave His life for us ... lets us use His Name. 

"You can ask for anything in My Name, 
and I will do it, 
so that the Son can bring glory to the Father. 
Yes, ask Me for anything in My Name, 
and I will do it!" 
(John 14:13-14)

This is worth celebrating ... this is Christmas.

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