Read: John 14:13-14 NASB
“Whatever you ask in My name, that will I do, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. 14 If you ask Me anything in My name, I will do it.”
The name of Jesus, the name above all names, and the name to which every knee will bow.
“For this reason also, God highly exalted Him, and bestowed on Him the name which is above every name, 10 so that at the name of Jesus every knee will bow, of those who are in heaven and on earth and under the earth” Philippians 2:9-10
It is His name that holds our authority in spiritual battle. Every spirit has to bow to the name of Jesus. The devil knows this better than most Christians. When Jesus’ name is invoked by people who live in Jesus’ nature and character, hell must flee. 1 Corinthians 6:17 tells us, “But the one who joins himself to the Lord is one spirit with Him.”
That connection is essential in the spirit realm. It alone insures our victory. It is our relationship with our King that allows His authority and the power of His name to flow in us. Beware, this is not magic or some kind of formula, it is always about relationship. His love and His heart flowing into my life allows me to operate in His character and to invoke His name and the authority His name carries. There is a story in the book of Acts that illustrates this principle well. This story took place in Acts 19:13-16 in the city of Ephesus;
“A group of Jews was traveling from town to town casting out evil spirits. They tried to use the name of the Lord Jesus in their incantation, saying, “I command you in the name of Jesus, whom Paul preaches, to come out!” 14 Seven sons of Sceva, a leading priest, were doing this. 15 But one time when they tried it, the evil spirit replied, “I know Jesus, and I know Paul, but who are you?” 16 Then the man with the evil spirit leaped on them, overpowered them, and attacked them with such violence that they fled from the house, naked and battered.”
“They tried to use the name of the Lord Jesus.” What a telling statement. They thought this was about magic and why shouldn’t they? They had lived in Ephesus a city filled with the occult arts and black magic, but Jesus’ name, the sweetest name under heaven, will never be part of magic or spells of any kind. His name is about life and love, healing and wholeness. His name carries massive authority but functions best in the realm of humility and these poor guys couldn’t get that. If you and I are to be effective in our warfare prayer friends, we also need to operate in that same spirit of humility and then invoke His name’s authority. The combination of humility and authority overwhelms hell’s work in the lives of others. Today, determine that you will stand in His power by humbling your heart and invoking His name as you intercede in prayer for those around you.
Jesus, your name is amazing, and all powerful! Today, I bow before you and ask for your name’s authority to move into the lives of those I love and pray for. Break strongholds and release your healing power.