When the seventy-two disciples returned, they joyfully reported to [Jesus]
, "Lord, even the demons obey us when we use your name!"
— Luke 10:17 NLT
Jesus' name is so frequently used in vain today that we often forget how powerful his name is. We pray in Jesus' name because he intercedes for us with authority. By praying in Jesus' name, we invoke his power and authority to work in our lives and the lives of those we love. We pray by his power and authority to help them, to heal them, to renew them, to comfort them. Jesus has authority over all powers and forces. They cannot stand up to his authority, character, and truth. His presence in us and his love for us assure us that we have overcome the world because the One in us is greater than the one in the world. Even though many may reject Jesus, we must rejoice because of the liberating power over sin and death that Jesus' presence brings us!
I praise you, Father, for displaying your mighty power in the resurrection of Jesus from the dead. I thank you for making that power work in my life as I yield myself to Jesus' authority and trust in his grace. I praise you for hearing my heart's prayers because of the authority of Jesus' name by which I pray. Amen.
Related Scripture Readings
- Acts 4:12
- Philippians 2:5-11
- John 16:23
About This Devotional
What Jesus Did! is a series of one-year devotional guides through each gospel, using one short scripture passage each day and following the Gospel in sequential order. Each devotional consists of a scripture passage and a reflection and a prayer which open up the day's scripture and show how it challenges you to live for Jesus.
What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware.
Scripture quotations are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright ©1996, 2004, 2007, 2013, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.