“Thank you for this day. Thank you for the day we’re going to have. Amen.”
It was a sweet prayer of a 4-year old, but according to her older brother, it was missing something.
“But Anna,” my 5-year-old son Nathan protested. “You forgot to say In Jesus Name, Amen. That’s where you get the power – in Jesus name.”
I love to hear my kids comprehend the Bible and their faith. I love that Nathan realizes the power that the name of Jesus holds.
We see that power in Acts 3, shortly after Jesus ascended into Heaven and the Holy Sprit has come on the believers, Peter and John encounter a crippled beggar.
“But Peter said, “I do not possess silver and gold, but what I do have I give to you: In the name of Jesus Christ the Nazarene—walk!” 7 And seizing him by the right hand, he raised him up; and immediately his feet and his ankles were strengthened. 8 [c]With a leap he stood upright and began to walk; and he entered the temple with them, walking and leaping and praising God.”
Healing comes in the name of Jesus
Acts 10:48 shares another facet.
“And he ordered them to be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ.”
The cleansing waters of Baptism wash away our sins because of the name of Jesus..
That’s not all. Look at how the Gospel of John ends in John 20:30-31.
“Therefore many other signs Jesus also performed in the presence of the disciples, which are not written in this book; 31 but these have been written so that you may believe that Jesus is [the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing you may have life in His name.”
Life comes through the name of Jesus!
So when you get to the end of your prayers, don’t rush through to the end (I’m guilty of this sometimes).
Savor the precious name of Jesus and reflect on the power and the healing and the life that He provides!