A name is an indication of one’s nature, character, reputation, and identity.
Before the phrase “in Jesus’ name” can mean anything, we have to hallow (to make holy) His name.
Jesus said in the Bible that whatever we ask for in His name will be done. But when we end a prayer thoughtlessly or formulaically “in Jesus’ name,” we are not necessarily acknowledging what that truly means. Before the phrase “in Jesus’ name” can mean anything, we have to hallow (to make holy) His name.
In the last few weeks, we have been learning that God’s name(s) represents His identity, His character, His promises, and His commitments to care for us. His names have extraordinary meaning, such as Yahweh Jireh – “He provides,” therefore we ought to recognize God’s character by His name and hallow (make holy) His name .
1. God hallows His own name by consistently and completely fulfilling the meaning of His name.
When we pray to God, we must first acknowledge to whom we are speaking. He is the only One worthy of prayer, the only One who can receive prayer, and the only One who can respond to prayer.
If you are not praying to a holy God, to whom are you speaking?
Hallowed is His name, He is one of a kind, Elohim (plural of El), which means strong, powerful, mighty, and something (or someone) that is worshiped.
In the beginning [Elohim] created the heavens and the earth. Genesis 1:1
When God sends Moses to deliver is from Egypt in Exodus 3, He speaks to him from the burning bush and calls Himself “Yahweh” (The Lord.)
When you pray, call God Yahweh Elohim (The Lord God); acknowledge that you are addressing not just your own idea of a supernatural power or an eternal being that is unknown, but the actual God of the Bible, the God of Abraham Isaac and Jacob, the one and only true God.
When you say, “Our Father who art in heaven,” and acknowledge Him as the Almighty God, everything inferior fades away. Your life is in a right perspective, your problems are surmountable by His power, and your relationships and life’s path are subject to His will and His way.
Jesus has all the qualities of the Father and is Lord, so when you pray in the name of Jesus, you are calling upon the Almighty God of the Bible and all of His character, commitment, and promises.
2. We hallow Jesus’ name, Emmanuel or God With Us, by trusting that He was truly God in the flesh. Matthew 1:23
“Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel,” which is translated, “God with us.” Matthew 1:23
One way you can hallow God’s name is to acknowledge that he was “God with us.” Jesus revealed His deity in many ways over the course of His ministry.
He exercised spiritual authority only assigned to God. Mark
2:6-7 (He forgave sin and proved His authority by performing miracles.)
He made after-life promises. John 16:7-9
He equated God to His Father. John 10:30
He gave Himself titles that made Him equal to God. John 8:58
He was worshiped. Matthew 4:9-11, Matthew 14:33 (Jesus freely accepted worship that was only appropriate for God.)
He claimed to have authority over things in Heaven. Matthew 28:18-20
When you get on your knees and pray, know that you are talking to the Lord who has authority over all things. God commands in Exodus 20:7 what we should not take His name in vain (Exodus 20:7); we should never lower His name to casual conversation or an expletive when things aren’t going our way. His name is a representation of all His glory, power, and holiness.
3. We hallow Jesus’ name, Yeshua or Yahweh Saves, by trusting Him to save us. Matthew 1:21
The name Jesus (Yeshua) means Yahweh saves – His very name communicates His desire to save and His role as Savior.
If you practice a mentality that God doesn’t love you or doesn’t desire to save you and transform your life, then you need to let it go. Saving is His name; He can’t NOT save when you call out to Him. All your doubt needs to fade away as you honor and respect the meaning of His name.
4. We hallow the name Jesus Christ, Ha-Mashiach Yeshua, by believing He was anointed to save. Matthew 1:1, Luke 4:18-19
When you get on your knees, hallow and honor the name of God (Elohim)—Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
Here are some of the Biblical names assigned to Jesus:
Firstborn over all creation
Head of the church
King of kings
Light of the World
Prince of Peace
Son of Man
Author and Protector of our faith
Lamb of God
Pastor Miles closed with a challenge to us:
Some home fire alarms work by detecting smoke, so the alarm may sound falsely without the heat and burning of an actual fire.
Similarly, you may be having fun with you life and appear to be stable and happy, but unless your sin is forgiven, you are not reconciled with God. Thought He loves you tremendously, if you don’t know Jesus and accept Him as Lord and Savior, then God has not forgiven your sin. God is calling you to accept Jesus for who He is as Savior and begin a real relationship with the real, true, living God.