You’re applying for a job. The owner of the company has promised you a position. When you go in to visit the HR department they seem rather cool toward you until you mention the name of the owner. His name changes the mood of the HR folks, the apparent trajectory of your interview, and your chances of getting a good position with the company.
You are talking with someone about sports. She seems to know quite a bit, but so do you. As you talk, she mentions that she had trained with Simone Biles. Your appreciation for her goes up. She has greater influence with you because of Simon’s name.
If we are to take the fullest advantage of God’s name we must use it properly. Try mispronouncing Simone’s name and you’ll quickly be found out. Mess up the boss’s name and you’ll be a short-timer for sure. Why would we think lightly of using God’s name carelessly, or even incorrectly!
God’s name is holy. And he has revealed it to the world. First through Moses: “I AM”. Then through Jesus: “Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.” We need not wonder about how to address him: Jesus teaches us to pray, “Our Father…” We need not be unclear about invoking Jesus’ name in our prayers: The promises above testify to that clearly. We can even rejoice in the Holy Spirit’s involvement in our prayers (cf. Romans 8:26).
While there are many names by which God is known throughout the Bible – Lord, Savior, Christ, Messiah, YAHWEH, God to name a few – Jesus’ name is most precious. We pray in Jesus’ name. We worship in Jesus’ name. When we gather for prayerful worship in his name, he has promised to be present.
Recently I was invited to pray at the CyFair ISD School Board meeting. I wondered for about 10 seconds about how I would invoke Jesus’ name in that prayer time. It wasn’t a question of if, but how. But I didn’t want to speak for people who were not believers. So I spoke my prayer for these people in Jesus’ name, saying, “I ask these things, dear Father, by the power of your Holy Spirit, and in the name of my Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.”
Never shall I presume to say “we” in a public setting. But never shall I neglect to take the name of Jesus on my lips, as I call on the Father in prayer by the power of the Holy Spirit.