“…and in Your Name we have come against this vast army!” (2 Chron. 14:11)
When Asa prayed in God’s name, he declared that he was coming to do battle in the authority of God. He was not going to do this in his own strength. In the Bible, the name of someone always means something significant. When Abram received the promise of God, his name was changed to Abraham, signifying that he was to become the father of many nations. Jacob’s name (deceiver) was changed to Israel (Prince of God). God’s Name, likewise, denotes power. Acknowledgement of God’s name is an acknowledgement of His authority and power and is a key element in any effective prayer.
As Christians, we pray in the Name of Jesus. That’s not just a nice way of closing our prayers. It is bringing the power and authority of Jesus into our request and situation. We have no power before God except through the Name of Jesus. It is not the size of the army or the opposition that matters. In our prayer life it is not the obstacles that we face that we must look at. It is the powerful Name of Jesus. “Through you we push back our enemies; through your name we trample our foes” (Psalm 44:5). Asa came against the army of the Cushites in the name of the Lord: “And in your name we have come against this vast army.” This is reminiscent of his forefather David in his struggle against Goliath: “David said to the Philistine, ‘You come against me with sword and spear and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the Lord Almighty, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied’” (1 Samuel 17:45).
Father, I come to you in the powerful Name of Jesus. Thank you for granting me the privilege of free access into your Presence through Jesus. Teach me to depend upon you at all times for all things.
–Adapted from Pray Like the King (Lessons from the Prayers of Israel’s Kings) by Dave and Kim Butts. This book is available at prayershop.org. Use the code CONPSP3 at checkout to receive an additional 10% discount.
Praise God, whose incomparable riches are revealed in Christ Jesus (Eph. 2:7).
Give thanks for your inheritance that can never perish, spoil, or fade—kept in heaven for you (1 Pet. 1:4). Confess those times when you have valued material things over your inheritance in Jesus Christ. Commit yourself to appreciating daily your inheritance from God (Ps. 16:6). Ask the Holy Spirit to teach you more about what you have received through faith in Christ.
Pray that parents may be wise enough to pass on a spiritual inheritance to their children—faith in Christ—and to retell the stories of faith from grandparents and older members of the church.
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