Acts 3:14-16 – Why do we pray in the name of Jesus?

You disowned the Holy and Righteous One and asked that a murderer be released to you. You killed the author of life, but God raised him from the dead. We are witnesses of this. By faith in the name of Jesus, this man whom you see and know was made strong. It is Jesus’ name and the faith that comes through him that has completely healed him, as you can all see. (Acts 3:14-16)

A couple days ago my sister made the comment, “I know that non-believers heal completely and also others with different faiths heal completely. There are a lot of people out there that believe differently than we do, yet they have perfectly happy and normal lives.” My sister speaks of those who have disowned Jesus, the very people Peter spoke to. They will say things to indicate they are strong and live happy and normal lives, but that doesn’t mean their hearts aren’t aching. No other religion offers a savior who was a living person who offered Himself as a sin offering with written history and proof that God raised Him from the dead. How can non-Christians be completely happy or completely healed without being freed from guilt or not having proof they will see their loved ones again.

There are five reasons we pray in Jesus’ name. Peter’s message is that God makes us strong and heals us completely when we ask for strength and healing in Jesus’ name and have faith that Jesus will heal us completely. The second reason is Jesus’ promise. “My father will give you whatever you ask in my name….Ask and you will receive, and your joy will be complete.” The third reason is the enemy submits to us when we pray in Jesus’ name (Luke 10:17). The fourth reason is we are made righteous in Jesus’ name which enables us to be in the presence (1 Corinthians 6:11). The last reason is because we are told, “Whatever you do in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.” (Colossians 3:17)

It is also important to note Jesus’ two closest disciples, John and Peter, respectively, call Jesus the Word of Life (see John 1 and 1 John 1) and the Author of Life because the words of Jesus, both written and spoken, make God known and give life, complete healing, and complete joy.

Dearest Heavenly Father, I praise you for having a relationship of love within the Godhead. Thank you for sending Jesus to be our Savior so we can have a relationship with You through Him and receive complete healing and joy. I pray in Jesus’ precious and holy name. Amen

Acts 3:14-16 – Why do we pray in the name of Jesus?

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