In My Name

By Scarlett Stough

Jesus promised his disciples: "And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Son may bring glory to the Father. You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it (John 14:13-14)."

The question is: Can anyone ask "in Jesus' name" and be given "whatever" the person asks of Jesus?

The quote above assumes disciples of Jesus are asking, and the request must have the purpose of bringing glory to the Father.

The phrase "in my name" means the person using Jesus' name has the authority * to use it. In the Book of Acts an account is given of a group of men who claimed Jesus' authority when they really did not have it:

Some Jews who went around driving out evil spirits tried to invoke the name of the Lord Jesus over those who were demon-possessed. They would say, "In the name of Jesus, whom Paul preaches, I command you to come out." Seven sons of Sceva, a Jewish chief priest, were doing this. One day the evil spirit answered them, "Jesus I know, and I know about Paul, but who are you?" Then the man who had the evil spirit jumped on them and overpowered them all. He gave them such a beating that they ran out of the house naked and bleeding.
Acts 19:11-16

We do need to be certain we have been given authority by Jesus to use his name. Before we claim his authority by using his name in a situation, we need to make sure we are complying with those qualifiers of being his disciples, of bringing glory to the Father's name, and being given specific authority to ask.

*Name, onoma, 3686, …for all that a “name” implies, of authority, character, rank, majesty, power, excellence etc….(Vine's Complete Expository Dictionary of Old and New Testament words.)

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