Published July 21, 2009

Paul's Epistle...
"Jesus' Name (followup)"

I had several very interesting responses to my column last week about the power of the name of Jesus, including two that I'd like to share with you.

Kathy Mueller wrote, "When my son graduated from high school, he was asked to pray at the beginning of the graduation ceremony, probably because he was president of the Bible club at school.

"He, of course, said yes, and had to write down what his prayer would say, of course, not to offend anyone. So he wrote it out and submitted it. He had to be careful what he wrote and was told not to use Jesus' name. He told me that that is who he prays to, and how could he pray without saying Jesus' name? So, his prayer was accepted by the Jewish principal even though my son wanted to say Jesus.

"At the ceremony, when my son got up to pray, there was some confusion, and the principal and my son had a whispered conversation, and then she said to go ahead and pray. So he prayed for the seniors and used Jesus' name and the ‘amen.'

"Everyone that I could see [stood] to their feet, giving him a standing ovation for his prayer!! It turned out that the principal had lost the prayer paper and had to decide at the last minute whether to let him pray or not. She did, and everyone loved what my son said! My son was a hero that day and I am so grateful that he stood up there and prayed in Jesus' name! We must pray in Jesus' name. It is powerful to pray in His name."

Absolutely! It's amazing to see how God can work these things out.

Bill Crouch wrote to agree: "There is no other name which has the power of the name of Jesus. I have [performed] Bill and Gloria [Gaither's] song, with recitation, ‘There Is Something About That Name,' many times and I am always struck by the influence that is exerted by the Holy Spirit on the audience.

"I firmly believe that what the Scripture says is coming true as never before in our lifetime: Jesus told His disciples that they would be hated because of His Name and their stand for Him, without any other reason. (That is my paraphrase.) I believe the reason President George W. Bush was so reviled by the press and others was not because of politics but because of his open confession of Jesus and what He had done in his life. I believe the same is true for Sarah Palin, Dr. James Dobson and any other political or church or lay person who speaks openly about Jesus... I also believe that this persecution will be greater, under the current political regime, than at any other time in our history."

All very good points. Just remember the power in the name of Jesus, at whose feet everyone will one day bow. Pray earnestly in His name and watch what happens!

- Paul

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