Prayer 2021 - May 27 - Asking in the Name of Jesus pt 4
1 Kings 8:49
“…then from Heaven, your dwelling place, hear their prayer
and their plea, and uphold their cause…”
Asking in the Name of Jesus pt 4
We left off yesterday studying from the Book of Acts in Acts 3:1-8. This is where Peter and John were going into the Temple. There, at the gate, they met a man who was begging for alms. He had been crippled from birth. Peter stopped and told the man to “look on us.”
He wanted to make eye contact. The devil can see Jesus in you. Your eyes are a door way into your Spirit. You’ve heard the expression before of people that seen murderers, etc. and they almost always comment on the evil in the eyes. That is because the eyes allow you to see into the spirit, the soul of man.
Here, Peter wanted the man to see into HIS eyes. And, more importantly, he wanted the demon that was possessing the man to SEE JESUS in Peter! Amen!
The man looked upon them, expecting to receive some monetary gift. But what he got could never be purchased with money. Let’s read this story together. Acts 3:1-8
One day Peter and John were going up to the temple at the time of prayer—at three in the afternoon. 2 Now a man who was lame from birth was being carried to the temple gate called Beautiful, where he was put every day to beg from those going into the temple courts. 3 When he saw Peter and John about to enter, he asked them for money. 4 Peter looked straight at him, as did John. Then Peter said, “Look at us!” 5 So the man gave them his attention, expecting to get something from them.
6 Then Peter said, “Silver or gold I do not have, but what I do have I give you. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, walk.” 7 Taking him by the right hand, he helped him up, and instantly the man’s feet and ankles became strong. 8 He jumped to his feet and began to walk. Then he went with them into the temple courts, walking and jumping, and praising God.
Peter exercised his authority IN THE NAME OF JESUS. He demanded the cripple man be loosed, and to get up and walk. Remember, Jesus said in John 14:13 that “whatsoever you ask (or DEMAND) in my Name, that will I (Jesus) do!”
Notice Peter did not pray that God would heal him. He did not beg God to heal him. He did not go into a long diatribe of prayer to prove he had faith. No. He prayed, “IN THE NAME OF JESUS, GET UP AND WALK!”
This account in Acts 3 is exactly what Jesus was talking about in John 14:13-14. Jesus was not talking about prayer! He was talking about DEMANDING that Satan would loose whatever he was holding onto and that circumstances would immediately change – in JESUS NAME. He is talking about BELIEVERS speaking forth the command of Faith in the mighty Name of Jesus – and demons and circumstances responding.
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