The Power of Prayer
through the Word of God (7)
Follow Biblical Teaching on Prayer
Notice here that Paul tells us that we are to give thanks always for all things to God the Father in the Name of our Lord Jesus Christ. He tells us our thanks are to be given to the Father. In all of our real praise and thanksgiving, the Name of Jesus is our access to the heart of the Father. When you wish to get an answer to prayer, follow the teachings of the Word.
Someone said that it doesn't make much difference how you pray. But if it doesn't, then why did Jesus ever teach us about prayer? Why did the Holy Ghost inspire Paul to write the epistles just as they are? It is important how you pray.
To say that these verses about the scriptural way to pray aren't important would make just as much sense as it would to say that John 3:16 is not important. John 3:16 is important. So when you wish to get an answer to prayer, follow the teachings of the Word and pray to the Father in the Name of Jesus, giving thanks always to God – in Jesus' Name (Eph. 5:20)!
"In Jesus' Name"
Not "For Jesus' Sake"
Many people conclude their prayers by saying, "For Jesus' sake". But we are not to pray that way. There is a difference between praying in the Name of Jesus and praying for the sake
of Jesus. We are to pray in the Name of Jesus.
What's the difference between praying for Jesus' sake and in His Name? There is quite a difference.
When you go to God, and you ask Him to do something for Jesus' sake, you're asking that it be done to help Jesus – on your credit. Can't you see how foolish that sounds? In the first place, Jesus doesn't need the help. And in the second place, you don't have any credit to guarantee the answer to your prayer if He did! No, it's the other way around. We need the help and Jesus has the credit.
I don't mean to imply that people do this consciously when they add, "For Jesus' sake" to their prayers. But that is the way it sounds in heaven.
Even if Jesus did need our help, you and I don't have any standing in heaven that would guarantee help for Him. We are the ones who need the help. It's for our sake that we are praying. And Jesus has the standing or the credit in heaven that enables us to come to God in His Name and receive those things we need.
For example, if you go to the bank with a friend's cheque and ask the cashier to cash that cheque, the cashier will ask if you have the money on deposit in your own account to guarantee the amount of the cheque. If you don't, he'll refuse to cash it. When you pray, "For Jesus' sake", it's like trying to cash a cheque when there is no money in your account because you don’t have the credit in heaven – Jesus does.
But if you go to the bank with a cheque endorsed by a wealthy man who has an account at that bank, then there will be no questions asked. The cashier will hand over the money.
Jesus is our "credit" in heaven, so to speak: He has all the credit we could ever need to get "our cheque cashed" – our prayers answered. And when God hears His children pray in faith in the Name of Jesus, He responds to their prayers based on Jesus' credit or Jesus' standing in heaven. In that mighty Name, God gives us the answer to our prayers.
If I have a stomach-ache, for example, and I am praying for healing, I wouldn't ask God to heal me for Jesus' sake – to help Jesus. I don't want to be healed for Him. It's my stomach that needs help, not His! I'm the one who is hurting. It’s for my sake, on Jesus' credit.
Similarly, if I need R100, and I ask for the Father to help me get this money for Jesus' sake, I would be praying foolishly because Jesus does not need the R100. The money is for my sake, not His. Jesus doesn't need R100; I do. I need the R100 to help me, so it's for my sake, on Jesus' credit.
Many an honest prayer fails because of folks ending their prayers, "For Jesus' sake". If you have been doing that, stop it. It makes a lot of difference whether of not our prayers are scripturally based.
That's the reason we fail many times in our praying. Our approach is all wrong. Peter and John said when they were at the Gate Beautiful, "…why look ye so earnestly on us, as though by our own power or holiness we had made this man to walk?
" (Acts 3:12). In other words, it isn't by the believer's own power or holiness that he gets an answer to prayer.
You don't get your prayers answered because you're good either. You get an answer to prayer because of Jesus – and because of your standing in Jesus. Thank God. Jesus has a standing in Heaven. He is the only way to approach the Father. You can't get there any other way.
Thank God, in Jesus' Name we can come boldly to the throne of God
(Heb. 4:16). Let's use a little sense and go as wise children, using the mighty Name of Jesus which He has given us. Jesus gave us the right and the authority to use His Name.
Try to understand and practise these principles in your life. As I continue every week here on the Net www.sachristian.co.za
to put them into prospective for you. If you do, you will surely grow in your fellowship with the Heavenly Father. You can also learn to allow the Word of God to abide in you so you can pray according to God's will, and your prayers will be answered. Then Jesus’ words in (John 16:24) will be fulfilled in your life: Your Joy will become full!
Best Greetings to all of you, brothers in Christ, may God bless you much as you continue to walk, the walk of faith in Jesus' Name. Praise and Glory be to God.
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