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We Must Ask in Jesus Name

"Whatever you ask... in My name"


John 16: 23,24 “And in that day you will ask Me nothing. Most assuredly, I say to you, whatever you ask the Father in My name He will give you. Until now you have asked nothing in My name. Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full.” 


S D Gordon:

“Let us take what the Master has won. Asking means taking; it doesn’t mean pleading with God. He is far more eager than ever we are. It means that in the name of Jesus Christ, the bloodstained, the sin-scarred, the Calvary-torn Jesus Christ, in His name taking what He has won back. He gave us the right to use His Name, and we ought to appropriate and take in His Name, house after house, and square foot of ground after square foot of ground, and man after man, to take these from the enemy in Christ’s great Name.” S D Gordon, Prayer Changes Things, p. 39.

“As I step quietly on where He leads, I may take what I will, in His Name; life after life, purse after purse, gold after gold for the need, mules for the wagon for that missionary in South Africa, anything and everything, I take in Jesus the Victor’s Name. And, because He is Victor, every hindrance must go, before the man that presses forward in His Name.” Ibid., p. 41.

Charles Finney:

“You all know what it is to use the name of a man. If you should go to the bank with a draft or note, endorsed by John Jacob Astor (a well known wealthy individual in Finney’s day), that would be giving you his name, and you know you could get the money from the bank just as well as he could himself. Now, Jesus Christ gives you the use of His name. And when you pray in the name of Christ the meaning of it is, that you can prevail just as well as He could Himself, and receive just as much as God’s well beloved Son would if He were to pray Himself for the same things.” Charles Finney, Revival Lectures.

George Müller:

“On the ground of our own goodness we cannot expect to have our prayers answered. But Jesus is worthy, and for His sake we have our prayers answered.... If we trust in Him, if we hide in Him, if we put Him forward and ourselves in the background, depend on Him and plead in His name, we may expect to have our prayers answered.” George Müller, “Narratives”

Andrew Murray:

“Jesus solemnly gives to all His disciples a general and unlimited power of the free use of His Name at all times for all they desire. He could not do this if He did not know that He could trust us with His interests, that His honor would be safe in our hands.” Andrew Murray, With Christ in the School of Prayer, (Old Tappan, NJ: Fleming H. Revell, 1979), p. 135.

"When the Lord Jesus went to heaven, He left His work, the management of His kingdom on earth, in the hands of His servants. He could not do otherwise than also give them His Name to draw all the supplies they needed for the due conduct of His business. And they have the spiritual power to avail themselves of the Name of Jesus just to the extent to which they yield themselves to live only for the interests and the work of the Master."—Ibid., p. 134.

"Let the Name of Jesus only have undivided supremacy in my heart and life, my faith will grow to the assurance that what I ask in that Name cannot be refused. The name and the power of asking to go together; when the Name of Jesus has become the power that rules my life, its power in prayer with God will be seen too." Ibid., p. 136

A. T. Pierson

"Do you ever ask what prayer in the Name of Jesus Christ is? The Name is the character and the personality, just as my name represents me. To ask in His Name is not simply to ask for His sake, it is something grander. He has put His Name upon us, and we may ask by virtue of our identity with Him. He is my Lord, and I am His servant. To present requests in His Name is the same thing as presenting letters of introduction in the name of some other person. When you present a letter, I recognize the person who wrote the letter, and it is not irreverent for me to say, that when you pray in Jesus’ Name, not you, but He, is the suppliant. I present the request, but He makes the request, for it is my identification with Him that makes Him the mouth-piece of my supplications. Such prayer can only be offered by those who are in intimate fellowship with Jesus Christ. We can only maintain that fellowship by constancy of devotion and love and the culture of holiness. The lost art of praying must become a found art in the Church of Christ, before missions receive their new recognition in the mind of the Church, and their new expression in the activity of the Church." A. T. Pierson, "The Lost Art of Prayer," Make Jesus King: The report of the International Student's Missionary Conference, 1896

Ellen White:

“He explained that the secret of their success would be in asking for strength and grace in His name. He would be present before the Father to make request for them. The prayer of the humble (petitioner) He presents as His own desire in that soul’s behalf.” Ellen White, Desire of Ages, p. 667.

“Christ has opened the way for us to approach God. He says, ‘Make use of My name. It will be your passport to the heart of My Father and to all the riches of His grace. ‘Whatsoever ye shall ask the Father in My name, He will give it you. . . . Ask, and ye shall receive’” Ellen White, Signs of the Times, June 18, 1902.

“Prayer is acceptable to God only when offered in humility and contrition and in the name of Christ. He who hears and answers prayer knows those who pray in humbleness of heart. The true Christian asks for nothing except in the name of Christ, and he expects nothing except through His mediation. He desires that Christ shall have the glory of presenting his prayers to the Father, and he is willing to receive the blessing from God through Christ.” Ellen White, Manuscript Releases Vol 8, p. 195.

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