Still after 28 years of following Jesus there are things I read with a sudden clarity that makes me wonder, “how did I not see that before.” God is infinite and so there is far more of God to understand and experience than we have.
“14 If you ask me anything in my name, I will do it.” John 14:14
Did Jesus really say, “anything?” So, if I want a new car, I just need tag Jesus name to the end of my wish list, I mean prayer, and I will have it?
OK it’s nothing like that.
To pray in Jesus name means two things. First, it means to pray according to His will. In Bible times, a persons name was synonymous with their character and nature.
Secondly, we must know the name of the one we are praying to. God has chosen to reveal Himself to us with various -suffixes to His name.
Yahweh was the name God gave Moses at the burning bush. To the Hebrew, it was God’s most sacred name. Knowing Jesus’ name will change how you pray and boost your boldness in prayer. (Here are nine names, but there is more.)
YAHWEH-JIREH: “The Lord Will Provide” (Genesis 22:14)
YAHWEH-RAPHA: “The Lord Who Heals” (Exodus 15:26)
YAHWEH-NISSI: “The Lord Our Banner” (Exodus 17:15), God is our victor.
YAHWEH-M’KADDESH: “The Lord Who Sanctifies, Makes Holy” (Leviticus 20:8; Ezekiel 37:28)
YAHWEH-SHALOM: “The Lord Our Peace” (Judges 6:24
YAHWEH-TSIDKENU: “The Lord Our Righteousness” (Jeremiah 33:16)
YAHWEH-ROHI: “The Lord Our Shepherd” (Psalm 23:1)
YAHWEH-SHAMMAH: “The Lord Is There” (Ezekiel 48:35)
YAHWEH-SABAOTH: “The Lord of Hosts” God will accomplish what He determines to do. (Isaiah 1:24; Psalm 46:7)
Revisit your prayer list and begin to pray His name over your needs. God’s name reveals what He can do. And remember, when Jesus prayed in the Garden of Gethsemane, He prayed, “not my will but yours be done.”