Some Of The Mid Day's Good News:
In the Name of Jesus
Then Peter said, “Silver and gold I do not have, but what I do have I give you: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk.”
Some people are employed to speak for another person or institution—the White House Press Secretary does that very thing every day. On any given day, the White House Press Secretary meets with representatives of the press and is the spokesperson for the United States government, and especially the President, on topics regarding policies, recent national or world events, and issues of the day. A press secretary does not speak in his or her own name, but in the name of the head of his country.
Something similar happens when Christians represent Jesus Christ in the world. It is Christ’s power and authority being represented, not that of the Christian. When Peter and John healed a man outside the Temple in Acts 3, Peter disclaimed his own authority and said, “In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk.” We pray to the Father “in Jesus’ name” not because it is a magic formula, but because it is only in Christ that we have access to the Father. When we pray in Jesus’ name we are asking God to hear the prayer as if Jesus Himself were praying it. Jesus ministered in the Father’s name (John 10:25), and we minister in His name.
If you are in Christ, ask the Father to honor your prayers in the name of Jesus.
The name of Christ excludes all merit of our own.