Praying “in Jesus’ name”

John 16:23-24, “And in that day you will ask Me nothing. Most assuredly, I say to you, whatever you ask the Father in My name He will give you. Until now you have asked nothing in My name. Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full.

Ephesians 5:20, “giving thanks always for all things to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ”

JP: Some thoughts from Pastor Chris Anderson on praying “in Jesus’ name”:

START Your Prayers “In Jesus’ Name” (1 of 2)

Excerpt:

The point of praying in Jesus’ name is that we are able to claim the privileges which rightly belong to Him alone. We are able to “come boldly to the throne of grace” (Heb 4:14-16) because of the righteousness of Christ imputed to us, the blood of Christ shed for us, and the High Priesthood of Christ whereby He represents us. What an amazing thought! Whereas even the godliest of OT saints were excluded from the holy of holies under the Old Covenant, the NT believer is able to come directly into the presence of the thrice holy God with boldness—not because of our own righteousness, but because of Christ! That is precisely what it means to pray “in Jesus’ name,” whether or not we utter the phrase. Indeed, it is far more important that we understand the truth behind the words than that we actually say them, especially when most of us say them thoughtlessly.

START Your Prayers “In Jesus’ Name” (2 of 2)

Excerpts:

I believe that many believers struggle when praying—or simply avoid praying—because they feel unworthy. They’re more aware of their sin than of God’s grace. A very dear friend recently shared this perspective with me: “Who am I, that God should bother listening to me?”

We believe that we’re welcome at the throne of grace (ironically named, no?) because we’ve earned access by our goodness. We likewise believe that we’re excluded from the throne of grace because we’ve forfeited access by our badness. Thank the Lord that we’re wrong on both counts!Our access into the presence of God is based entirely on the Lord Jesus Christ, whether on our worst day or our best.

Comment: Image is Grace by Enstrom. For the interesting history of “Grace by Enstrom” click here.

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4BYA ladies’ brunch

What: 4th Baptist Young Adult Ladies’ Brunch
When: Saturday September 27th @ 10:30 a.m.
Where: Kathee Peet’s house
Who: All 4BYA ladies are invited
Special Guest: Beth Stamper (who will bring a brief devotional message)

Sign up: Either via Facebook or connect with Kathee personally or email her at kathee@jrpeet.com

Ten Benevolent Commands for the People of God

JP: Worthwhile read from Pastor Doug Roman. Note how he cites Ephesians 2:15!

Psalm 105:1-5

1 Oh, give thanks to the LORD!
         Call upon His name;
         Make known His deeds among the peoples!
 2 Sing to Him, sing psalms to Him;
         Talk of all His wondrous works!
 3 Glory in His holy name;
         Let the hearts of those rejoice who seek the LORD!
 4 Seek the LORD and His strength;
         Seek His face evermore!
 5 Remember His marvelous works which He has done,
         His wonders, and the judgments of His mouth,

Doug Roman: Ten Benevolent Commands for the People of God

Excerpt:

The Church is identified as a “new man.” Paul expresses this in Ephesians 2:15 “that he [Christ] might create in himself one new man in place of the two [contextually a reference to Jews and Gentiles].” However, it is appropriate to make some application to us since these verse are about God’s people making God great. These benevolent commands will hopefully serve as springboards to meditate upon throughout the week. So as we recall these verses, we can make God great to those around us.

In Psalm 105:1-6 there is a string of ten benevolent commands for the people of God.

1. Give thanks (v. 1a) (hdy) (praise*). We receive all from Him, therefore He is worthy of all our thanks. “He who gives food to all flesh” (Psalm 136:25).

2. Call (v. 1b) (arq) (call, proclaim). “Proclaim His titles; thereby fill the world with His renown” (Spurgeon, The Treasury of David, 2:336).

3. Make known (v. 1c) (edy) (declare). Let the nations, all those around us hear of the greatness of our God and how He satisfies above all else. God’s works transcend race and tongue and are intended to be shared with all. Testify of the Lord’s work, both small and great in your life.

4. Sing (v. 2a) (ryv) (sing). “Bring your best thoughts and express the in the best language to the sweetest sounds” (Spurgeon, The Treasury of David, 2:336). Do it for an audience of One.

5. Sing (v. 2b) (rmc) (make music). Our music should exalt an honor God. Just as our words and deeds should make God great so should the music that we offer up to Him.

6. Tell (v. 2c) (jyc) (muse, complain). How quickly we share new and exciting stories that we come across. “I remember the days of long ago; I meditate on all your works and consider what your hands have done” (Psalm 143:5, NIV). When we consider all the works of God, we have much to share, don’t we?

7. Glory (v. 3a) (llh) (glory). This means we make God our boast. We are not ashamed of Him and we find our greatest pleasure and satisfaction in Him.

8. Seek (v. 4a) (crd) (resort to, seek). “Put yourselves under His protection” (Spurgeon, The Treasury of David, 2:337). Run to Him at all times.

9. Seek (v. 4b) (vqb) (seek). This is a different word in the Hebrew but a very similar idea. Our desire for God causes us to pursue Him, to seek Him. The greater the affection, the more the object of one’s affection is sought after.

10. Remember (v. 5a) (rkz) (remember). “If we would keep these in remembrance our faith would be stronger, our gratitude warmer, our devotion more fervent, and our love more intense” (Spurgeon, The Treasury of David, 2:337). Let us recall God’s grace and mercy.

In short, when God is great in our hearts, He will be great in our thoughts, words, and deeds. Let us make God great this week.