My dear readers, today is day 5 of our fast and the theme the author wrote about was, “Praying in His Name”, and the importance of using that sentence when you pray. I had a very long post written, It took about 2 hours to write and review. As I was ready to save (literally hitting save), the app crashed, none of it saved. None. Of. It.
As I sat there in disbelief and my stomach was in knots, I realized God was telling me (and testing me) the exact point of my entire post. Am I going to listen to Him or am I going to do my own thing? The answer is (obviously) I am going to listen to my father and rewrite my post. If I had it my way, I would have shut the computer down, turn off the lights and put on a movie as I fall asleep. But my Father was speaking to me, he was asking me if I was going to give up or keep going. As I am writing this, I can feel him in my fingertips as I type faster and faster as he works through me to type out what he wants me to say. Todays point or theme is the power of praying in his name. Honestly sitting down and thinking about the gravity of saying, “In Jesus’ name I pray”. Is it something we just repetitively say at the end of our prayers, or do we understand the weight of that sentence? Jesus left us his name, to use it with all authority behind it. He wants us to use it to do his will, and his will alone. Let’s be mindful of the things we are praying for during this fast. It is not a “wish list” prayer time, this is a time of repentance, waiting and listening. We are here to do his will, and his will alone. Jesus didn’t want to endure the pain he knew was coming, but he said to his Father, “not my will, but yours, be done” (Luke 22:24). And his father sent an army of angels and they gave him strength to endure. And he did endure, died and rose again, atoning for every sinner on this earth and here to come. That is where we got the authority to use his mighty name. Why would our father not do the same for us? He does, and he will; just stop, pray, fast, wait, listen and follow through. Not my will, but yours, be done father. Call upon him according to his will and he will send his angels.
Let us Pray:
Father help me to never take your name lightly again. I am sorry if I have ever used your name repetitively and dully in my prayers. I understand what you had to do to give me that authority and I intend to use it to its mightiest power to do your will. I am grateful for what you have done to be able to give me that authority, I cannot imagine the pain you endured to save a sinner like me. Help me to always see and wait expectantly for your will. I believe you hear me, and I believe and know you answer my prayers. Help me to pray, wait, listen & follow through according to your will. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.
By the way, this post is about 20 paragraphs less than my original post. This is short, sweet and to the point. God works for our good! Have a blessed night y’all.