Listen to this devotional:
Listen while you read: "Since Jesus Came Into My Heart"1 (Lyrics)
I was watching a program recently where the power of the name of Jesus was the topic. As I listened, I thought about the post office in the store where I work. People come in all day long with letters and parcels to be mailed. Those letters and packages don't go on to their destinations, however, until they bear the appropriate postage stamp of the land.
Likewise, when we, as God's people, send our prayers heavenward, we need the stamp of His eternal kingdom: the stamp of the name of Jesus. On their own, our prayers carry no power. Through the power of the shed blood of Christ and His name, however, they are carried straight to the throne of God and are answered according to His good and perfect will. They arrive in the imperfection of our words and thoughts, but as they pass through Christ, they are perfected by His wisdom and love.
In today's world, awe and reverence for God seem to be fading away more and more, even within our church communities. We have become very familiar with God in our ways, but God is still God, and He not only deserves but also requires our worship, and part of worship is awe and reverence. Just think about it: Christ laid down His life for us; His precious blood was shed; and He rose again from the dead. As Paul states:
Philippians 2:9-11 – Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. (NIV 2011)
Peter demonstrated the power in the name of Jesus when he commanded the lame man in the Beautiful Gate, "In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, walk" (Acts 3:6b NIV 2011). So, may we remember, as we pray, to invoke spiritual power in the name of Jesus, Who has paid our postage in full through His work on the cross, now and forevermore.
Prayer: Father God, thank You for the power which You have bestowed in the name of Jesus. Remind us, Lord, day by day, to have faith in that wonderful name as we lift our voices to You in both private and public prayer and witness. In Christ's name, we ask. Amen.