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    #1 james1523, May 2, 2013
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    John 14 13 And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son.

    What does it mean to ask in the name of Jesus?

    We get the answer if we consider that Jesus came and lived in the Father's name:
    John 5:43 I am come in my Father's name, and ye receive me not: if another shall come in his own name, him ye will receive.

    And Jesus worked in the Father's name:
    John 10:25-30
    25 Jesus answered, “I did tell you, but you do not believe. The works I do in my Father’s name testify about me, 26 but you do not believe because you are not my sheep. 27 My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. 28 I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one will snatch them out of my hand. 29 My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all[a]; no one can snatch them out of my Father’s hand. 30 I and the Father are one.”

    Working in the Father's name meant listening to His voice.. knowing and following the Father, and being one with the Father.

    To be, ask or do anything "in the name of Jesus" means to be one with Christ (1 Cor 6:17), live in Christ and Christ live in us (John 15:4, Gal 2:20) and to live because of Christ (John 6:57).

    It means to have our living, doing, thinking, saying, in Christ.. for our life to be in Christ, and for Christ's life to be in us.

    The answer to our prayers does not depend upon using "the name of Jesus" at the end or not, it depends on whether we are one with Christ, asking according to His will (1 John 5:14-15).

    To ask in the name of Jesus is not to add "in Jesus' name" at the end of prayers, like a formula. The sons of Sceva used the name of Jesus in this way to cast out devils and came off second best (Acts 19:14).

    The old "name it and claim it" movements have used the name of Jesus like a prayer formula to obtain whatever their hearts desire. But scripture reveals that asking in the name of Jesus is to be one with Him and for our will to be aligned with His will. If we pray a prayer not according to His will, whether we say "in the name of Jesus" at the end or not makes no difference, it will not be answered.


    "so that the Father may be glorified in the Son."

    The result and purpose for us living in oneness with the Son, is that the Son is glorified in us, and the Father is glorified in the Son. What is glorification? Glorification is the expression of the person of Christ, who is the full expression of the Father. When we are living, asking, speaking, doing and working in Christ, we are expressing Christ, and Christ is expressing the Father. To live and thus ask in the name of Jesus, is for His glorification not ours.

    So having a wrong kind of living, that is not in oneness with the person of Christ or His will, is not glorifying Christ and is not glorifying the Father.

    This is the reason why it is so important to have the right kind of living. A person living like a devil but using a prayer formula "in the name of Jesus" , is not a person who is asking in the name of Christ. To ask in the name of Jesus is to be one with Him and have the right kind of living. This is why so many prayers can go unanswered if we have not repented and confessed our sins (Isaiah 59:2).

    Genuine Christian prayer is prayer which is from a person living in oneness with the person of Christ and who expresses Christ in their daily living.
    Genuine Christian prayer is always according to the Father's will and for His purpose, and for this reason is always answered.
    God wants us to ask and to answer our prayers so that He is glorified. But He cannot be glorified and we cannot ask "in my Name", unless we are one with Him.
    Genuine prayer is praying God's will back to God, so that God can move on the Earth, and not man declaring or imposing man's will upon God using a special password "in the name of Jesus".
    This is in contrast to the world's view of prayer which treats it like a magic formula, a special ritual , which is largely focused on the needs of man before the will of God, and the prayer is not always answered.
     

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