Not a Magic Formula

Not a Magic Formula by myles munroe
June 14

Using the name of Jesus is crucial for effective prayer. In conjunction with praying according to the Word, praying in the name of Jesus gives our prayers tremendous power.

Many believers have unanswered prayers because they misunderstand what it means to pray in the name of Jesus. We tend to think the phrase “In the name of Jesus, amen” makes any prayer effective with God, but it doesn’t work that way.
We can’t sanctify our prayers simply by tacking on Jesus’ name at the end. His name is not a magic formula that guarantees automatic acceptance.
When the Bible tells us to pray in the name of Jesus, it doesn’t mean the word J-e-s-u-s as such—that’s just the English word for the name of the Son of God; other languages translate His name using different words.
It’s not the word, but what the word represents, that makes the difference.
Naming your son Bill Gates won’t make him an automatic billionaire. The name doesn’t mean anything unless there is substance behind it. Likewise, we do not pray effectively just by using the word Jesus, but by understanding the significance of who He is and appropriating His power through faith in His name.
As Peter said of the man crippled from birth who was healed at the temple gate, “It is Jesus’ name and the faith that comes through him that has given this complete healing to him” (Acts 3:16, emphasis added).
Prayer:
Father, help me see the significance of faith in the name of Your Son, Jesus, so I can pray prayers of substance and reality that You can answer. In Jesus’ name, amen.
Thought: Jesus is the name above all names.
Reading: Ezra 9–10; Acts 1
-Daily Power And Prayer Devotional (Myles Munroe)