In the Gospels, Yeshua (Jesus) tells us that when we pray in his name, that which we ask for we will receive. But if we have accepted Yeshua as our Messiah, wouldn’t God already know that? Why do we have to speak it?
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Maybe I am preaching disobedience or rebellion… I’m not sure.
For many years I would always end my prayers, as well as often interjecting while praying, “I ask this in Yeshua’s name”. Then, a couple of years ago, I began to think that because the word “name” in the Bible is really just a reference to a reputation and renown, there isn’t any power in Yeshua’s reputation.
However, there is plenty of power in what he did for us; the real power we can receive is not from the word “Yeshua” or “Jesus”, but from the blood he shed. That is what allows us to be cleansed of our sins; that is what enables us to come into the presence of the Lord, God, Almighty and ask for forgiveness, which is only achieved through the shedding of innocent blood (Hebrews 9:22, which references the sacrificial system God created in Leviticus 1-7).
Now when I pray, I finish my prayer by saying “I ask this by the shed blood of the Messiah, Yeshua.”
But still- I wonder why I need to reference Yeshua, at all? I wonder why God doesn’t already know that, because I have accepted Yeshua as my Messiah, whatever I ask for in prayer is always going to be based on the power of the blood he shed for me?
Is prayer now some form of spiritual Simon Says? If I say, “By the blood of Yeshua” I get what I ask, but if I don’t say that does God reply, “You didn’t say ‘Yeshua says’, so you don’t get what you asked for.”?
I don’t think so.
I think that God knows I always ask for forgiveness of sin by the shed blood of the Messiah, and yet I still say it. Maybe I am just conditioned to do that? Maybe I feel more comfortable and that I am covering my you-know-what when I add “By the blood of the Messiah” at the end of my prayer?
I don’t know.
I will continue to ask for forgiveness, of course. And to lift those I love and care about to God for healing, whether physical or spiritual. And I will continue to refer to Yeshua as his son, my Messiah, the one he promised to send and thank him for doing that, as well as for all the blessings he gives me.
I had written that when we thank God there is no need to refer to Yeshua because thanking God is not asking for anything, which I wrote a while ago when I was still using the actual name of Yeshua in my prayers. (Here is a link to that message)
In the meantime, I will continue to ask for God if he desires me to say, “By the blood of Yeshua” or “In Yeshua’s name” every time I ask for something in prayer and be open to hearing his answer.I hope it comes soon because I can’t just get rid of this question: If he truly knows my heart and mind, won’t he know when I pray that asking as Yeshua said to is a “given”?
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It’s the morning of May 6, 2023.
I have been praying to God to help me come to a final conclusion about what to use, if anything, with regard to pryaing in Yeshua’s name. I received good comments from people and some good points were made for always using Yeshua’s name, and not even using “by the blood”(which is not what Yeshua said).
This morning in prayer God made it clear to me.
I have always stated that God knows what is in our hearts and minds, and when I was thinking about that it came to me that because he does, and because (as someone pointed out) even though he knows this, he still wants us to pray, then it doesn’t matter which words I use to refer to Yeshua- God wants us to pray to him and Yeshua wants us to pray referring to him as our Intecessor no matter how we phrase it.
I don’t have to concern myself with should I use Yeshua’s name, or say “by his blood” – it doesn’t matter so long as I refer to Yeshua in some way because, just like God knows what we need but still wants us to pray, Yeshua knows God will answer us but he wants us to recognize his role in our prayer as Intercessor, so we should acknowledge him, as wel, when asking for something from Godl.
Whew! That’s a load off my minnd. 🙂
Thank you, Lord, for answering prayer!