RADICAL (and DANGEROUS) CHRISTIANITY

is it the right way?

Why do we end our prayers with, "In Jesus Name"  or with "If it be Your Will"?

What does that even mean?

Here is what a popular, and helpful, Christian web site says:

 

"Praying in Jesus' name means the same thing as praying according to the will of God, “This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears us—whatever we ask—we know that we have what we asked of him” (1 John 5:14-15). Praying in Jesus’ name is praying for things that will honor and glorify Jesus."    https://www.gotquestions.org/pray-Jesus-name.html


So, unless saying "In Jesus Name" is just a meaningless repetition or sort of an "incantation", "Praying in Jesus Name" is the same thing as praying according to the "Will of God".  ( http://www.whitestone2014.com/untitled-c18tu )

 

If this is so, then shouldn't we ask ourselves, "what good does it do to say "In Jesus Name" if we aren't going to follow thorough "In Jesus Name"?  Or to pray "the Will of God" if we aren't going to obey or perform "The Will of God"?

Here is a great example of what our Lord is saying:

 

1 Peter 2:13 ¶  Submit yourselves for the Lord’s sake

 

to every human institution, whether to a king as the one in authority,

14  or to governors as sent by him for the punishment of evildoers and the praise of those who do right.

 

15  For such is the will of God

 

that by doing right you may silence the ignorance of foolish men.

 

16  Act as free men, and do not use your freedom as a covering for evil, but use it as bondslaves of God.

 

17  Honor all people, love the brotherhood, fear God, honor the king.

 

18  Servants, be submissive to your masters with all respect, not only to those who are good and gentle, but also to those who are unreasonable.

 

19  For this finds favor, if for the sake of conscience toward God a person bears up under sorrows when suffering unjustly.

20  For what credit is there if, when you sin and are harshly treated, you endure it with patience? But if when you do what is right and suffer for it you patiently endure it, this finds favor with God.

 

21  For you have been called for this purpose, since Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example for you to follow in His steps,

22  WHO COMMITTED NO SIN, NOR WAS ANY DECEIT FOUND IN HIS MOUTH;

 

23  and while being reviled, He did not revile in return; while suffering, He uttered no threats, but kept entrusting Himself to Him who judges righteously;

 

Too Radical?  Too dangerous in this postmodern world where we are told to "Stand up for YOUR RIGHTS"!!

Let's recap:

 

  1. Submit yourself for the Lord's sake

    1. to every human institution whether to a king as the one in authority,

    2. or to governors as sent by him for the punishment of evildoers and the praise of those who do right.   

  2. For such is the Will of God

    1. that by doing right you may silence the ignorance of foolish men.   

  3. Act as free men,

    1. and do not use your freedom as a covering for evil,

    2. but use it as bondslaves of God.   

  4. Honor all people,

    1. love the brotherhood,

    2. fear God,

    3. honor the king.   

  5. Be submissive to your masters with all respect,

    1. not only to those who are good and gentle, but

    2. also to those who are unreasonable.   

  6. For this finds favor, if for the sake of conscience toward God a person bears up under sorrows when suffering unjustly.   

  7. For what credit is there if, when you sin and are harshly treated, you endure it with patience?

    1. But if when you do what is right and suffer for it you patiently endure it, this finds favor with God.   

  8. For you have been called for this purpose,

    1. since Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example for you to follow in His steps,    WHO COMMITTED NO SIN, NOR WAS ANY DECEIT FOUND IN HIS MOUTH;   

  9. and while being reviled,

    1. He did not revile in return;

    2. while suffering, He uttered no threats,

    3. but kept entrusting Himself to Him who judges righteously;

NOTE:  THE WORD OF GOD, THE BIBLE, GOD HIMSELF (https://biblehub.com/nasb/john/1.htm) is super natural and prophetic.  His Word does not return to Him void, but it will accomplish His Purpose.  (Isiah 55:8-11 https://biblehub.com/nasb/isaiah/55.htm ) 
 

 

EMBRACE HIS WORD. 

 

Cause His Word to live in your mind and make it your own word.

IMPLANT HIS WORD

 

in your heart, in your mind and in your spirit.  Think on it day and night.

PERFORM HIS WORD

 

When you recall His Words, DO THEM, immediately, on the spot, as you go.

DO IT and neither, your life nor the world around you will ever be the same again!

Let's all remain IN HIS GRIP and let's pray for one another as we turn this world back UPSIDE DOWN!

Your Brother and Friend,

 







Mike Young

PS - enjoy the music below while you THINK ON HIM!