Think about a time where you and your best friend were talking about someone at your school. When your friend brought up the student’s name, your mind immediately begins to place certain characteristics to them. What comes to mind when you hear their name? Is it that they are the Class Clown, the head cheerleader, the star QB, or teacher’s pet? Whatever is it, the title is always associated with the name.
Think about these two names: Steve Jobs and Michael Scott. What do you think of when you hear those names? Is it their positions or accomplishments? Is it that one is a real person and another is a fictional television character? The associations that you placed with the two come from those characteristics. Before we move on, there’s one more question I have to ask. What do you think of when you hear the name, Jesus?
Is it the nativity scene? Is it that old rugged cross that stood on a hill? Is it the famous painting of The Last Supper? Just like when you hear the name of a classmate or a celebrity, you think of their characteristics associated with their name. However, the name of Steve Jobs or the star pitcher for your high school baseball team, can not even compare to what is associated with the name of Jesus.
The prophet Isaiah stated this, “For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace (Isaiah 9:6 KJV).” It was clear that Isaiah was prophesying the birth of Jesus. His name is not just a five letter word; it is associated with titles like Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, and The Prince of Peace. The cool thing is that we can use his name when we pray.
Paul wrote this statement in his letter to the Colossians, “And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him (Colossians 3:17 KJV).” Paul’s statement was not just a requirement for Christians, but it had an absolute meaning. The meaning is that when we call upon the name of Jesus, we grab the attention of the mighty God who has all authority, the father who will never leave us as orphans, and the counselor who will comfort us.
Jesus stated, “If you ask me anything in my name, I will do it. (John 14:14 ESV).” When you pray in his name, think about what is associated with it. Think of how he helped David defeat Goliath, how he commanded the waves to be silent, and how he restored the lives of many. After you have said what your need is, say “In the name of Jesus.” He will hear you, and you will know that he’s got it under control.