What Does “In My Name” Really Mean?

An ambassador’s words and actions carry much weight as they speak in the name of their government! They know that an off-the-cuff remark based on their personal opinion can have devastating consequences.

Video Transcript

Hi there and welcome back to Daily Bible Promises with a Twist and today we are going to be starting out, as usual, by reading the New International Version and today’s verse is Matthew 18:19 “If two of you on earth agree about anything they ask for, it will be done for them by My Father in Heaven”

But let’s put that verse into context, shall we? I’m going to be reading from the new American Standard Bible verse 19 and 20. “Again I say to you that if two of you agree on earth about anything that they may ask, it shall be done for them by my father who is in heaven. For where two or three have gathered together in my name there I am in their midst”

The phrase ‘in my name’ has legal connotations to it. In the same way that an ambassador understands the intentions and the motivations of his nation and his nation entrusts him with their words. So, when he walks into a negotiation with another country the words that he speaks are spoken on behalf of a government and they’re not his own words or opinions.

So verse 19 and verse 20 need to be put together.

That phrase that everybody tacks on to the end of a prayer, ‘in Jesus name’, some Christians believe that if they tack on the phrase ‘in Jesus name’ to the end of a prayer that means that because Jesus name was mentioned then God will do whatever they asked.

In reality, ‘in Jesus name’ is a reminder to us that we need to make sure that whatever we are praying into, that our prayers need to align with the motivations intentions and purposes of God’s kingdom. We are his ambassadors. We need to make sure that our words and our prayers are a reflection of God’s kingdom.

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