The Power of Prayer
through the Word of God (8)
Jesus' Name Is the Key
Notice John 16:23: "And in that day ye shall ask me nothing. Verily, verily, I say unto you, whatsoever ye shall ask the Father in my name, he will give it you
". Jesus gave us the right and the authority to use His Name in prayer. He gave us the authority to use His Name. He gave it to us. We now have that right. He said, "… In my name shall they cast out devils…
" (Mark 16:17). We have a right to use that Name against the devil. Thank God, that Name has authority. We have the right to use that Name to call out demons that bind men's souls with darkness and disease.
I had believe in divine healing, But there were certain cases, particularly mental cases which were evidently caused by demonic obsession or possesion, which almost frightened me when I come up against them.
But as I beguin to understand more and more certain things become evident about the Name of Jesus, I realised something, which I will try to illustrate with this example.
When you go to your automobile, you have a key that unlocks the door. You say that you unlock the door, but really you
don't unlock the door: the key
does it. You also have a key that fits the ignition. Ordinarily, you couldn't start the car if you didn't have a key. Again, you
don't actually start the car; the key
does it. The key is the important factor to the entire process of unlocking and starting your car.
I began to look at the authority in the Name of Jesus from this standpoint. In other words, I'm not the one who is going to cast out any devils. I don't have any authority in myself, in the natural. But Jesus gave me the key to all the authority I would ever need – and it's in His Name.
Jesus' Name is the key! His Name has the authority! All I have to do is use the key, and the key does the work. This alleviated the fear I had. I was able to use the Name because the Name is the key, and the Name works!
Meditation on the Word Brings Light
Also, I began to see some other things from the Scriptures as I began to study about the Name of Jesus.
Let me encourage you to meditate on the Word after you have studied it. Your spirit can be educated and trained. But just because you read the Word of God doesn't mean your spirit is educated. You can read the Bible and not understand what you're reading, and it won’t mean a thing to you. The Word has to get down on the inside of you, in your heart or spirit. You get the revelation of the Word in your heart by meditating on it.
When I was nineteen or twenty years old, I heard talk about Einstein's theory of relativity. I decided I would read it, since I'd didn't know a thing in the world about it. When I finished reading it, I knew less than I had before I read it!
I think sometimes that's the way it is with people who read the Word of God. They know less when they finish reading it than they did when they began. They're trying to grasp the truth of God's Word with their minds. But you have to get the revelation of God’s Word in your heart.
After studying the Word, I would then shut my eyes and begin to meditate on the Word and just think about the scriptures I had been reading and studying. I've had a number of visions and revelations, but this revelation I had concerning the Name of Jesus was a revelation of the Word that any believer might have. The Holy Ghost will teach us the Word. As I meditated on the Word, on the inside of me I began to see something that I had never seen before.
The Authority in the Name of Jesus
To Bind the Work of the Devil
In the first place, I began to see that the devil is the author of all that's evil and wrong, for he is the god of this world. The New Testament says that Satan is the god of this world and that Satan has blinded men from seeing the glorious light of the gospel (2 Cor. 4:4). Several scriptures talk about this. And the devil tries to bind men's souls.
I began to see that folks in my own family who were unsaved and who were bound by the devil didn't understand where they were heading. They were spiritually blinded by the god of this world. For example, no man would go out on the highway driving his automobile one hundred miles an hour and pass red lights and signs that read, "Danger Ahead" if he were in his right mind. But a man who is doped and drunk will do this because he doesn't know what he's doing.
No intelligent person in his right mind will go through life wheeling and dealing in sin and just purposely plunge off into eternity and go to hell. I f he doesn't want to accept Jesus, he is not in his right mind. He is spiritually blind. For example, the Bible said about the prodigal son, "when he came to himself" he returned home (Luke 15:17). So there was a time when the prodigal son wasn't in his right mind. But when he came to himself, he decided to go back home.
In the second place, I began to see the authority that the believer possesses in the Name of Jesus. All the power of heaven is at our disposal, in the Name. But if believers don't exercise their rightful authority in the Name of Jesus, then nothing will be done about their situation.
That day as I was studying the Word, I has such a revelation of this, that I was challenged. I know it was the Holy Ghost talking to me. When the light comes, you're obligated to walk in the light. The devil will see if you believe what you claim you believe. If you’ve learned your lesson well, you'll stand your ground. You’ll triumph over the temptation to doubt God’s Word.
It just seemed as if something on the inside was challenging me to act on God's Word. In the early days of my accepting Jesus has my saviour I used to pray and pray for a particular problem either mine or others, but one day I realised that all my praying was done in unbelief.
Why do I say that? Because if you are expecting just prayer to do it, it won't work. It's exercising faith in God's Word that makes prayer work. To expect prayer itself to do the job is the same as expecting your physical hand to unlock a car door; it can't do it by itself. You have to have the key to unlock the door. And in prayer you have to have faith in the Name of Jesus and in the Word of God in order to get the job done. The Name of Jesus is our key.
I think sometimes we think we can move God with our tears and our prayers and our fasting. But God doesn't ever change. He's always the same (Mal.3:6; Heb. 13:8). God moves when you come to Him according to His Word and use the Word and the Name of Jesus as the key. Then prayer will work for you, and you'll have your answer.
All that time I had prayed, the problems didn't change and they kept on being there instead of better. But that day something challenged me that the authority in the Name of Jesus would work for him. I knew it would!
With my Bible in my hand, and I lifted my Bible and said, "In the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ, you foul demon that binds my life, I bind you in the Name of Jesus. I claim deliverance and salvation in the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ".
I knew in my spirit it was as good as done, and I was full of joy! I laid my Bible down and went out of the room whistling and singing, and I went on about my business.
After that things around me started to change and my prayers started to to work in the Name of Jesus.
Don't ever touch kinds of thoughts in your life because it's doubt and unbelief. If you're tempted to think thoughts of doubt, repent of it. I just shut my mind off, and I wouldn't even think about it.
Then from down on the inside of me, I started laughing. The laughter sort of bubbled up and came out of my mouth, and I laughed out loud. I said, "No, devil, I don't think he'll be saved; I know he'll be saved! I took the Name of Jesus and broke your power over his life and claimed his deliverance. To me that settles it". Then I went on rejoicing.
Two days later I heard that same voice again. It said the same thing again. I shut my mind off to it, and again I started laughing from way down on the inside.
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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