Prayer in the Lord’s Name (5) – The Name of God

The first point about the name of God being sanctified or hallowed (however you want to translate it) always reminds me of two portions in the Bible. The first one is from Philippians 2 “And being found in fashion as a man, He (that is, Jesus Christ), humbled Himself, becoming obedient to the cross, even to death on the cross.  Wherefore God also highly exalted Him, and bestowed on Him a name (or the name) which is above every name.” It is interesting how he talks about the name, here, “That at the name of Jesus every one should bow, those who are in heaven, on the earth, and under the earth. That every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord to the glory of God the Father.” This is a statement about how Jesus Christ went through death and resurrection, and then He was exalted.  And when He was exalted, He was given a name.  Listen—everything else has to come under the name of Jesus. That means things in the heavens, things on the earth, and things under the earth. This is related to a name. I think we realize that just about everything, today has a name. Trees have names, lakes have names, cities, states, countries have a name, you and I have a name, and our cars have a name. The street we live on has a name. We name everything.  But according to this verse, this name, the name of Jesus, is higher than any other name on the earth.  This is a very good way to pray. A lot of times when things trouble us, when distressful things come to us, or things that are out of line with the will of God we can pray this way.  We can say, “God, in the name of Jesus, we say that all these other things have to bow to the name of Jesus, have to come under the name of Jesus.”  Why? Because that name is a lifted up name. That name is the highest name in the universe.  At one time, on one of the first programs I did, I said, “When Jesus passed through death and resurrection, and He was exalted, He attained to the highest management position in the entire universe.”  In other words, He is Lord of lords, He is King of kings. So here in the book of Philippians it says that at the name of Jesus, in other words, at this high, exalted, lifted up and powerful name name, everything else in the universe, especially on the earth, has to come under the name of Jesus.
Thy Name
The second passage this always reminds me of is Psalm 8 where it says, “O Lord our Lord, how excellent is Thy name in all the earth!”  Let’s read a small portion of Psalm 8. I am reading from a slightly different translation than what I just quoted from.  It says, “O Lord, our Lord, how majestic is Your name throughout the earth.”  Then it says, “You Who have covered the heavens with Your splendor. From the mouth of infants and babes You have founded strength on account of Your foes, to put an end to the enemy and the avenger.” Finally Psalm 8 ends with the following phrase, “Oh Lord, our Lord, how majestic is Your name throughout the earth.” It is interesting that David, in Psalm 8, would say, “How majestic is Your name throughout the earth”, when a lot of times you look around and see so many problems on the earth.  We have our own problems and nations and countries and so on have problems.  But yet David, in his spirit, was praying, “Lord, how excellent is Your name in all the earth.” This ties in with the Lord’s Prayer where he says what? Hallowed be Thy name.  In other words, it is God’s intention for us to pray in the name of God onto the earth.   Let’s go on to the next point. We have talked about the name of God.  The next point is, “Thy Kingdom come.”  This reminds me of two other passages in the Bible. One passage says, “It is the Father’s good pleasure to give you the Kingdom.”  In other words, God intends to give you the Kingdom.  This is His good pleasure; He wants to do it.  Secondly, this reminds me of a passage in Ephesians.  Paul was praying there, that Christ would make His home in your hearts by faith. You may wonder how this is related to the Kingdom of God. Well, the Kingdom of God is simply the reign of God. God is a King and He wants to reign over all the things on the earth, including you and me. The point is, when Paul prays that Christ would make His home in your hearts by faith, this brings in the Kingdom of God.