“… I tell you the truth, you will ask the Father directly, and he will grant your request because you use my name.” (John 16:23 NLT)
A new prayer-priority emerged for me: to remember my High Priest Jesus interceding throughout the day. After reading Ruth Gibson’s Chipped Dishes, Zippers & Prayer, I longed to be aware and give thanksgiving for the different ways Jesus helped me each day.
When Ms. Gibson’s children were young, she had a difficult decision to make. She wanted to return to graduate school, and she closed her prayer for guidance, “In memory of Jesus, whose mother never went to college.”
Ms. Gibson’s prayers prompted soul-searching for me. The typical closing phrase after my prayers was “In Jesus’ name.” Over the years, those final words became a habitual prayer component. Instead of acknowledging the way Jesus life-supported me on any given day, I merely repeated a phrase heard since childhood.
To recognize the hand of the Savior in my daily life became very important to me. Paul understood the abiding presence of Jesus and wrote about the spiritual boosts he received,
“That’s why I work and struggle so hard, depending on Christ’s mighty power that works within me.” (Colossians 1:29 NLT)
I began to notice that on some days Jesus became my Prince of Peace. On others, he revealed himself as Counselor. And one particular night, he crossed stormy seas to climb into my rocking boat.
Nave’s Topical Bible lists over 200 names and titles for Jesus. Here are a few: Servant of Rulers, Faithful and True Witness, Good Master, Finisher of faith, Captain of the Lord’s Host, Righteous Judge, Sanctuary, Vine, Door, Fountain, Arm of the Lord and a Friend of Sinners.
The Hebrew writer’s instructions to “fix your thoughts on Jesus,” and “consider him” became a daily goal. After a time, for I’m a slow-learner, I began to recognize Jesus’ care to be constant, conformed to my need, and energizing.
Ruth Gibson was a link in bringing me to a deeper relationship with my Savior. One day, I spoke with her and expressed my thanks because her written prayers led me to holy ground.
Father, You spoke to Moses, Joshua, and the priests about holy places. Now I’m remembering the barefoot Christ and his sacrifice for me. Please, forgive me the careless times I’ve tagged the name of Jesus at the end of my prayers. I ask in the name of the seventy-times-seven forgiving Savior. Amen.
Jesus, Name Above All Names
Scripture Reading — John 1:1-14
To all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God.
John 1:12 —
Christmas tells the story of the birth of the greatest person who ever lived. That baby, born in Bethlehem, grew up in Nazareth and died in Jerusalem.
But that wasn’t the end.
He rose again, returned to heaven, and is now ruling at God’s right hand. His name is Jesus Christ.
After his humiliation and death on the cross, he was exalted “above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth” (Philippians 2:9-10). All angels, demons, and human beings must bow to his glory.
Jesus is the King of kings and the Lord of lords. He sits on the throne of the universe and holds the reins of history in his hands.
He triumphed over the devil and his hosts and holds the keys of death and hell.
Before him, kings and servants, serfs and masters, powerful and meek need to bow down and recognize that he is Lord.
Jesus has all the authority and power in heaven and on earth. His power is irresistible, his kingdom is eternal, and his glory is incomparable.
To him be all glory forever and ever!
Lord, as this year ends, may I bow down and worship the King of kings and the Lord of lords. Jesus, name above all names, thank you for saving me. In your name I pray. Amen.
The disciples must have felt bewildered when Jesus said it was to their advantage that He leave—for three years He had guided and protected them. The Lord could say this, though, knowing that His Spirit and His name would powerfully guard and direct them until they were reunited in heaven.
In the same way, we’ve been saved and promised heaven, but there is still a long road to walk before we arrive. Yet in the name of Jesus, we have everything we need to complete our course, no matter what obstacles and challenges we face. Just consider the following ways Jesus comes to our aid:
Advocate (1 John 2:1-2). Although we are called to live righteously, there will be occasions when we sin. Jesus is our Advocate, who stands as our defender because His blood continually cleanses us from sin.
Authority (Matt. 28:18). We live under the divine authority of Christ. Nothing touches us without first going through His hands. And He empowers us to do all that He calls us to accomplish.
Assistance (John 16:13-15). Jesus has given us the Holy Spirit as our Helper, who comforts, guides, teaches, and empowers us to live holy, obedient lives.
Answer (John 16:23-24). When we ask in Jesus name—that is, according to what He desires—we will receive answers to our prayers.
Do we realize what an amazing privilege it is to belong to Christ? God’s hand moves at the name of Jesus when we have a holy and pure heart before Him. Therefore, let’s make it our ambition to live in complete dependence on this powerful name. Therefore, let’s make it our ambition to live in complete dependence on this powerful name—not just on Christmas but every day of our life.