This morning I attended a Christian women’s group, and the topic of discussion was the name of God. It’s become so common place to say God’s name in modern culture – things like “Oh my God!” and “I swear to God” and saying “Jesus Christ” whenever you’re startled or exasperated. (All of which I am guilty of, btw.) But we forget – or perhaps we fail to realize – the mighty power God has given His name.
In the Old Testament, God reveals is name as “Yahweh” or “I AM”, which becomes such a sacred title that no one is allowed to speak it. Instead, the Old Testament refers to God as Lord as a respectful alternative to the unspeakable “I AM”. And in the Gospels, Jesus refers to himself as “I AM”, reinforcing the notion that He is God and His name is holy. God proclaimed through the prophet Isaiah, and reinforced through Jesus, that He has come to set the captives free, so that anyone bound in chains will be released (Isaiah 61:1, Luke 4:18).
I want you to think about this for a minute:
The name of God, the name of Jesus, spoken aloud, has the power to break chains, to make demons flee, to move mountains and make the earth shake. And Jesus invites us to share in His power by giving us permission to use His name. He wants us to invoke His name, because He knows we need its power. He wants us to call upon Him. The name of God is no longer too sacred to utter – God has humbled Himself and given Himself to us so that we have access to all His power, all His grace.
In the beginning of the live recording of “Forever” by Bethel, Christian singer Kari Jobe says this:
“I love the cross. I love the fact that when Jesus died on the cross, it meant that we could come before Him with boldness. Because when that veil was torn in two, it gives us this access…that His presence comes and hovers and we can feel it.”
And Jesus says, “Amen, amen, I say to you, whatever you ask the Father in my name He will give you. Until now you have not asked anything in my name; ask and you will receive, so that your joy may be complete.” (John 16:23-24)
So what am I getting at?
Ask God for healing by invoking His name. Call upon Him to set you free, to heal your wounds, to release you from whatever binds you and keeps you in sorrow and unforgiveness, any sins that cling to you. We cannot do it on our own; we are incapable by ourselves of healing, forgiveness, love, and joy. But God gives us Himself to call upon. He tells us to invoke the Holy Spirit, to pray in the name of Jesus, to call Him our Father. So cry out to Him. Speak the name aloud. Say, “God, Father in Heaven, maker of heaven and earth, through the power of the Holy Spirit, heal me. Help me to forgive. Unbind me. Set me free. Make me holy. Make me like you. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.” Or something to that effect. It’s important to make this prayer your own.
If you doubt the power of His name, consider this:
- The Bible tells us three times that “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved” (Joel 2:32, Acts 2:21, Romans 10:13)
- The resurrected Christ tells us, “In my name they will drive out demons, they will speak new languages. They will pick up serpents with their hands, and if they drink any deadly thing, it will not harm them. They will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.” (Mark 16:17-18)
- The disciples discovered, “Lord, even the demons are subject to us because of your name.” And Jesus replied, “I have observed Satan fall like lightning from the sky. Behold, I have given you the power to tread upon serpents and scorpions and upon the full force of the enemy and nothing will harm you.” (Luke 10:17-19)
- Miracles happen in the name of Jesus: “As we were going to the place of prayer, we met a slave girl with an oracular spirit, who used to bring a large profit to her owners through her fortune-telling. She began to follow Paul and us, shouting, ‘These people are slaves of the Most High God, who proclaim to you a way of salvation.’ She did this for many days. Paul became annoyed, turned, and said to the spirit, ‘I command you in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her.’ Then it came out at that moment.” (Acts 16:16-18)
- Healing happens through the power of the name of Jesus: “A man crippled from birth was carried and placed at the gate of the temple…Peter said, ‘I have neither silver nor gold, but what I do have I give you: in the name of Jesus Christ the Nazorean, rise and walk.’ Then Peter took him by the right hand and raised him up, and immediately his feet and ankles grew strong. He leaped up, stood, and walked around.” (Acts 3:2, 6-8)
God is so powerful. “He utters His voice, and the earth melts.” (Psalm 46:7) Whatever healing you may need, He will give to you. Just call upon His mighty name. Believe that you can be healed, believe that you can be released, and you will. Invoke the name of God our Father, Christ Jesus, and the power of the Holy Spirit. He will come to you. He will go before you. He will transform you from the inside out.
Recommended reading: Unbound by Neal Lozano, Be Healed by Bob Schuchts
Recommended songs: “Great I Am” by New Life Worship, “Your Great Name” by Natalie Grant, “We Believe” by Newsboys, “Break Every Chain” by Tasha Cobbs Leonard, “What a Beautiful Name” by Hillsong Worship, “Forever (Live)” by Kari Jobe, “Blessed Be Your Name” by Matt Redman, “From the Inside Out” by Hillsong United, “Empty and Beautiful” by Matt Maher, “Broken Vessels (Amazing Grace)” by Hillsong Worship , “Beautiful Things” by Gungor, and “Brokenness Aside” by All Sons & Daughters