In the Name of Jesus :: by Joseph Chambers

The name of Jesus is not a magical formula or an esoteric manipulation. We do not use His name to put pressure on His Father or to under gird our own unbelief. The sole use of the name of Jesus must reflect an equal absolute surrender to His redemption and His Lordship over our lives. To try to use His name while pursing our own will, life, and conduct is selfishness and greed. It’s like claiming the bank’s president as your father at a teller’s window when you cannot even pronounce his last name.At the same time, a devoted believer that has forsaken all to follow Jesus Christ is wealthy in his household. There isn’t any need or burden that a child of God cannot claim as their portion in the family. This is not a “name it, claim it” bazaar, but it is a life in the covenant of His blood. Our Father, His Son, and the Holy Spirit have adopted us in the Father’s family, where there are perfect provisions. Our God is a covenant-keeping God and has even sworn by His own name to keep every promise.

This covenant is a blood-covenant – His Divine blood without the stains of Adam’s sin. Because God’s Son was born of a virgin and conceived by the Holy Ghost, no guilt was reflected in this offering of His blood. Divine blood cannot corrupt because only the sin nature or the act of sin can cause death. Both the Son of God in His earthly tabernacle and the blood sacrifice are forever preserved. The blood is on the altar in the Heavenly Temple. The golden temple of Solomon was only an earthly counterpart. The Son of God, with the scars of every wound inflicted, is seated at the Father’s right hand. It’s a perfect covenant that is based on perfect blood from a perfect Kinsman Redeemer.

Apostle Paul spoke of this covenant and its active manifestations of the blood. “And to Jesus the mediator of the new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling, that speaketh better things than that of Abel. See that ye refuse not him that speaketh. For if they escaped not who refused him that spake on earth, much more shall not we escape, if we turn away from him that speaketh from heaven”(Hebrews 12:24-25).

The Father testified that He heard Abel’s blood speaking from the ground; yet, that blood was far inferior to the blood of our covenant. What must the Father hear when He listens to His precious Son’s divine blood when it is sprinkled in the sacrifices of surrender and worship. It is a living sacrifice that will never need to be offered again.

Now, we can see the unfailing foundation of our prayers when they are offered in Jesus’ name. We are not using a formula of praying but a covenant of praying. The total sacrifice of His cross and the shedding of His blood are bound up “In His Name.” He said, “Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father. And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it” (John 14:12-14).

This is the hidden secret of unanswered prayers. There is probably more praying – if we can call it that – with fewer results than ever in church history. Look at Peter and John at the temple in Jerusalem. They were two ordinary men that were totally immersed in the power of His name. They did not manifest one doubt about the authority of this supernatural name. “Then Peter said, Silver and gold have I none; but such as I have give I thee: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk. And he took him by the right hand, and lifted him up: and immediately his feet and ankle bones received strength” (Acts 3:6-7).

When the crowd wanted to attribute the miracle to these two saints, they declared, “And his name through faith in his name hath made this man strong, whom ye see and know: yea, the faith which is by him hath given him this perfect soundness in the presence of you all” (Acts 3:16). It’s a simple matter of learning afresh who He was, what He did, and who He presently is. Then, we can live “In His Name.” The blood is alive, He is alive, and we are invited to live within the fellowship of His family. He possesses all things in Heaven and on earth, and He holds the title deed of all.

The covenants of the Holy Scripture are just as immersed in His blood as if it was dripping from your fingers as you hold the Book. When you say, “In His Name,” yell it out loud if need be until your soul is saturated with faith. When you fast and pray, do it to purify and fill your soul with His righteousness. His righteousness is filled with His faith. He will fill you with both if you give up on yourself and depend only on Him.